Phil’s 36 Years Saving Lives at Sea

Phil Crellin has called time on his volunteering career with Port Erin RNLI at the age of 62.

Having joined Port Erin RNLI in 1986 as a volunteer on the all-weather lifeboat, over time he became the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager.

There had always been a strong family connection with the RNLI as his father was a volunteer and his mother was a member of Port Erin RNLI as a member of the ladies guild.

In 1987, he first went out to sea aboard the 37 ft Rother-class lifeboat 37-27 Osman Gabriel. He continued his training throughout his RNLI volunteer career until 1992. The lifeboat station saw the Rother-class being retired with a B-Class Atlantic 21 B-594 Herbert and Edith taking its place. This saw Phil become a helmsman on the inshore lifeboat at Port Erin.

Phil also saw the transition from the station’s Atlantic 21 to the B class inshore lifeboat Atlantic 85 Muriel and Leslie in 2007. His two children, Rachel and Richard, have also carried on the family tradition, following their father as RNLI volunteers.

In the final years of Phil’s career, he has been the station Lifeboat Operation’s Manager, just like his father was in earlier years. In his time he’s overseen numerous volunteers growing into their roles; from new helms, mechanics, lifeboat press officers, crew and many more.

During Phil’s 36 years with the RNLI, he has seen Port Erin’s Lifeboats launch over 200 times. As a crew member and helmsman, he saw 103 launches with 13 lives rescued from shipwreck along with 98 launches as DLA and LOM.

Phil Crellin: ‘I wish Port Erin Lifeboat Station and the RNLI the very best for the future and would encourage anyone to consider volunteering at Port Erin RNLI or any lifeboat station.’

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