Caister Lifeboat - 40 Years of Independence!
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Crew: Ivan Jones

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Ivan Jones
Launching Authority

Seafarer aims to keep it in family... A love affair with the sea took one man to Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore - and all before his 18th birthday.
Ivan Jones, the deputy coxswain of Caister lifeboat, joined the Navy when he was 15 and travelled round the world by sea for eight years.

But his interest in the waves started when he was a boy and the late Caister lifeboat mechanic Skipper Woodhouse used to take him out in a boat for pleasure trips.

When he returned from the Navy, he joined the Caister Lifeboat crew and says that he intends to carry on as long as they will have him.
Ivan has been involved in many rescues but one in particular sticks in his mind.
"We were looking for a Dutch fisherman who was lost overboard," he said. "The sea was really rough and HMS Nottingham was amazed that we got there." He said that although the conditions might be bad sometimes, the reason he carried on with the lifeboat was because he knew someone was out there that needed his help. Ivan is looking forward to the arrival of the new lifeboat so his grandson will be able to be a crewmember when he grows up.

Ivan. who has three children, said the fascination with Caister lifeboat seems to have skipped a generation in his family and it is his grandson Darren, who is just five years old, who cannot get enough. He laughed: "I cannot get out of the house if Darren knows I am going down to the lifeboat shed.
"He knows all the names of the crew and he will even pick up a broom and start sweeping up."

Ivan recently passed his skipper's course at the East Anglian sea school. It means that he now has official recognition of his skills.


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