Severn Class 17-10 built 1996
Michael and Jane Vernon
Funded by a gift from Mr J. Young and the Lerwick Lifeboat Appeal and named after the RNLI;s Chairman from 1989 to 1996 and his wife.
Length: 17m (55ft 9in) Beam: 5.5m (18ft)
Displacement: 37.5 tonnes Speed: 25 knots
Construction: Fibre Reinforced Composite
Range: 250 miles Crew: Six
Powered by two Caterpillar turbocharged diesels, each producing approximately 1,200bhp.
Class introduced: 1995
Coxswain Hewitt Clark
Pilot Boat skipper. Joined the crew in 1965 and Coxswain Mechanic since 1979. Hewitt is currently the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman with one Gold, one Silver and three Bronze Medals, and four Thanks on Vellum.
Second Coxswain Richard Simpson
Fish wholesaler. Joined the crew in 1983 and Second Coxswain since June 1997. Previous gallantry awards: one Bronze Medal and two Thanks on Vellum.
Emergency Mechanic Peter Thomson
Oil Depot Manager. Joined the crew in 1983, previously joint Second Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic for nine years. Previous gallantry awards: one Bronze Medal and two Thanks on Vellum.
Emergency Mechanic Brian Laurenson
Marine Engineer and Fisherman. Joined the crew in 1987. Previous gallantry awards: one Bronze Medal.
Crew member Ian Leask
Driver. Joined the crew in 1989. Previous gallantry awards: one Bronze Medal.
Crew member Michael Grant
Butcher. Joined the crew in 1995. Previous gallantry awards: one Bronze Medal.
Joint Thanks on Vellum:
Captain Norman Leask*
Based at Sumburgh, 13 years with Bristows and 22 years of SAR experience.
Co-Pilot David Gribben
Senior First Officer, based at Sumburgh. Seven years with Bristows.
Winch Operator Paul Mansell
Aircrewman, based at Sumburgh, 10 years with Bristows.
Thanks on Vellum:
Winchman Bill Deacon
Aircrewman, based at Aberdeen, 10 years with Bristows and 27 year SAR experience.
Bristow Helicopters are contracted to operate the SAR Coastguard services out of Sumburgh, Stornaway, Portland and Lee-on-Solent by the Coastguard Agency.
*Captain Norman Leask is not related to lifeboat crew member Ian Leask