Lifeboat stalwart takes back seat

By Sue Pert

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Lifeboat stalwart takes back seat

Hugh Robotham takes the cake, joined by Bertha Pollock and Mark Southwell. The cake was made by Hugh’s daughter, Helen Lewis.

After over 25 years, Hugh Robotham is taking a step back from the front line of the Cowes Lifeboat operation, which means no more day or night pager alerts.
Hugh, of Northwood, began his voluntary involvement in 1988 when he joined as a crew member of the new independent Cowes Rescue.
He went on to become a coxswain, training officer, committee member and trustee.
When in 2008 the RNLI took over the operation (by then known as Cowes Inshore Rescue), Hugh was enrolled as a deputy launching authority, a member of the management team and a part of the launch team.
Now, as he approaches the age of 70, he is hanging up his pager and retiring from active operational duties.
The end of his active involvement was marked by presentations at a summer party for Cowes Lifeboat members at Gurnard Sailing Club recently.
Making the presentations was Bertha Pollock, who in 2012 had paid for the station’s latest Atlantic 85 lifeboat in memory of her daughter, Sheena Louise.
Paying tribute to Hugh, Lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell said that he was also a very competent RYA powerboat instructor.
He moved to the IW with his Island-born wife, Ann, to work for Cheek Brothers and then for 33 years for property services at County Hall, during which time he qualified as a building surveyor.
Both his son and daughter, James and Helen, had at various times been in the crew.


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