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Richard Thurlow
Second Coxwain

Saving lives is hungry work... Caister lifeboat member Richard Thurlow remembers celebrating his first rescue as a 15- year-old by tucking into a Kentucky Fried Chicken meal.
Mr Thurlow was brought up around the lifeboat station and has been helping out as far back as he can remember.
He recalled: "My first rescue took eight hours. When we got back we had a Kentucky Fried Chicken, and it was probably the best one I have ever tasted."

Mr Thurlow, who is now 20, works in Dover, keeping boats out of designated military zones.
His father, Dick Thurlow, is the coxswain of the Caister lifeboat, and Richard believes he got his enthusiasm for the sea from his early involvement in the rescue team. He said: "I didn't fancy working in an office from nine to five."

The most impressive rescue Richard can remember was a 40-hour operation to free the Kilgas Centurion.
He said: "She ran aground at Sea Palling. My brother was on his tugs and he came up from the Isle of Wight to help." Richard's younger brother Aaron is also a crew member and younger sister Heidi has shown some interest.

Filling his father's shoes is not an aspiration of Richard's just yet. He said: "It is a big honour and takes a lot more knowledge than I have got."

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