Paul Russell

Role: Head Winch Operator
Profession: Finance Assistant
Years RNLI Service: Since 2004
Interests: Photography
Why did I volunteer?: 
Having always had an interest in lifeboats, and having served over 20 years at a fundraising branch, it seemed like the natural progression when I moved to the coast.



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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.