Lifeboat operations team

Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM)

A key role at the station, the LOM is responsible for managing all operational activities at the lifeboat station, authorising the launch of a lifeboat and the day-to-day management of the station.

Deputy Launching Authority (DLA)

The DLA deputises for the LOM, when the LOM is unavailable


These individuals are appointed to take command of search and rescue (SAR) units when at sea. It is their duty to use their utmost endeavour to safeguard and rescue the lives of those in danger, while having regard for the safety of their own crew.


The Crew are volunteers who have undertaken many hours of intensive training covering boat handling, casualty care, navigation as well as all aspects of necessary skills involved in saving lives at sea.


The Mechanic is responsible for the lifeboat engines and equipment. They have a detailed programme of planned maintenance, ensuring the lifeboats are always ready for service, and in first-class condition.

Head Launcher

The Head Launcher, acting under the direction of the Helmsman, takes charge of operations connected with the launching and recovery of the SAR unit. They oversee a team of shore crew, which will include specialist skills such as vehicle drivers.


The Driver's main role is the safe operation of all RNLI vehicles used during the launch and recovery of any SAR unit.