Crew

The RBRB crew serve on a wholly voluntary basis.

The below crew list applies from Spring 2015 and the numbers represent the Crew Number as logged with HM Coastguard. RBRB Pager Numbers are also shown.

1. Rob Matthew, Crew Leader (Pager 106)

Rob Matthew

I was born and raised in Bradford until moving to Port Mulgrave in 2001 with my wife Sandra.  We opened the “Kessen Bowl” gift shop in Staithes and I was invited in 2010 to set up my own wealth management company. Self-employment has freed up time for me to investigate other opportunities such as the rescue boat. Prior to joining the crew in 2012 I obtained my powerboat 2 and VHF radio license. However, having now joined RBRB, I realise I still have a lot to learn about the sea and boating. I enjoy devoting time to the training on the boat, learning new skills and mixing with the crew at various events. I also enjoy fishing and spend my spare time walking with Sandra and our Doberman “Bella”.

2. Mike Sewell, Helmsman, Training Manager, Tractor Driver (Pager 102)

Mike Sewell

I moved to Hinderwell in 1985. Married to Karen, an RBRB Trustee, and have 2 sons, Matthew and James, both of whom are or have been on the crew. I was a medic in the Royal Navy and have since worked in many health roles including managing first response services for the chemical industry, Occupational Health manager at Wilton Site and more recently Regional manager for Medacs Health. I joined the rescue boat in 1999 and had 4 years as crew leader between 2005 and 2009. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and Bird watching. I try to visit the Arctic each year as the weather seems to match my personality, so I am told.

3. Tom Dobson, Helmsman, Training Officer, Tractor Driver (Pager 111)

Tom Dobson

I have lived in Runswick all my life and have been involved with the Rescue Boat for most of my adult life. When I joined the crew I had not had much sea time apart from the occasional fishing trip and a rough ferry crossing from Brittany … but I was keen to learn. I also thought I could be a good asset to the boat, being self employed and generally working locally doing property maintenance work and joinery manufacturing. I enjoy being on the boat and am now a power boat level 2 instructor and helmsman. I have a few boats of my own and also a kayak which I use in the bay. In my spare time I like to be on the water or in a pub sinking a few pints.

4. Matthew Sewell, Helmsman (Pager 104)

Matt Sewell

I grew up in the local area and joined the boat in early 2003. I had a gap when I lived in Wakefield from 2004 until 2006. I qualified in 2007 as a financial advisor and practice mainly between Whitby and Redcar. I enjoy the practical and social side of the boat and I am keen on fishing and sea kayaking.

5. Tom Bottomley, Helmsman, Communications Officer, Tractor Driver (Pager 103)

Tom Bottomley

I joined the crew in early 2008. I have been fishing from boats around Runswick Bay for most of my life and my current boat is a Dory Eurosport 15. I am a director of an insurance company in Leeds and for my hobbies I enjoy raising money for charity through a variety of stunts including mountaineering, skydiving, marathon cycle tours and open water swimming. I am married to Claire and we have two boys, Max and Ben (Junior Crew).

6. Ian Furby, Helmsman (Pager 117)

Ian Furby

I have a love for the sea which stretches back most of my life.  I am an avid scuba diver and have been part of a syndicate of a diving Rib involved with diving and naming many of the 1st World War wrecks off our coast, as well as owning a family, fish/water ski/dive boat. I have many weeks sailing experience and in 2012 gained my RYA Day skipper qualification aboard a 47’ Bravaria. I am fortunate to own my own company giving me the freedom to join RBRB and give something back for all the pleasure I have had from the sea over the years. In my spare time, when not at Runswick from Easter to October, I try to have two planks of wood strapped to my feet on a mountain somewhere covered in white stuff!

7. Howard Slinger, Trainee Helmsman, Medical Officer (Pager 109)

Slinger Howard

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8. James Sewell, Trainee Helmsman (Pool Pager)

James Sewell

I was brought up in the area around Runswick Bay and I am currently on my second stint on the Rescue Boat. My original time on the boat was rudely interrupted by moving to Leeds whilst at university and to progress my career. I returned to the rescue boat in spring 2012, and I am currently working at Cleveland Potash Ltd. (who very kindly allows me to attend shouts during working hours). I enjoy all aspect of the Rescue boat, including the practical side, improved fitness and more importantly the frequent social gatherings in the pub. During my time on the boat I have passed my VHF radio course, RYA First Aid and am currently working towards my RYA Power Boat level 2.

9. Dave Walker, Crew, Boathouse Officer, Tractor Driver (Pager 116)

Dave Walker

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10. Mathew Lamb, Crew, Health & Safety Officer (Pager 112)

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11. Ben Metcalfe, Crew, Boat & Engine Officer, Tractor Driver (Pager 110)

Ben Metcalfe

I grew up in the local area with family connections at Runswick Bay and I completed an apprenticehsip locally and read for an engineering degree at Teesside. After meeting my partner and starting a family we decided to move back to Runswick Bay in 2007. Marriage, two further children, and membership of RBRB followed. Having now been a member of RBRB since 2006 I feel confident as a regular crew member and I am very grateful to all those generous and patient people who have helped me learn the ropes.  My specialist competencies inlcude knot-tying and I am particluary interested in navigation and maritime and natural history. My family does have an historical association with RBRB and offshore working. I currently work as a senior manager in the offshore industry specialising in oil and gas processing subsea.

12. Andrew Smith, Crew, Rescue Boat Code of Practice Officer, Tractor Driver (Pool Pager)

Andrew Smith

I grew up in the village and have fished from the Bay since a child.  As a youngster I was on the crew and progressed from trainee to helm before leaving the area to pursue my career. In recent years I have come back to the village, rejoined the crew and am retraining to meet the requirements of the modern boat. I am a Director of International Property Consultancy DTZ and am married with 3 children.

14. Kevin Craggs, Crew, Tractor Driver (Pool Pager)

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15. Richard Blenkinsop, Crew (Pool Pager)

Blenkinsop Richard

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16. Jay Stonehouse, Trainee (Pool Pager)

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Mel Fojt, PPE Officer

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Lewis Clarke, Shore Support, Tractor Driver (Pager 115)

Lewis Clark

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Dr Steve Johnson, Doctor/Associate

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Sandside Cafe, Launching Authority (Pager 120)