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00:00:00-01:00:04 (hours:minutes:seconds) - MiniDisc tracks 1 to 14 - interview with Richard Davies, hereafter RD, relating to his involvement with Cromer lifeboat, dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/12) as taking place on 3 December 2004; duration is 60 minutes 4 seconds. RD details family background in lifeboat service; remembers going to Cambridge on holiday; first memory of lifeboats; family's reaction to his father and then RD in lifeboat service; mentions Henry Blogg; wives running along the pier with boots once maroons went; advantage of living in close proximity to lifeboat in responding to a call; explains how fisherman made good crew; importance of team work; rivalry to get on the boat; seasickness or 'shooting the cat'; explains job and importance of bowman and other positions in boat; man management of crew; anecdote about meeting Henry Blogg; electing positions in lifeboat; fighting 'to get … the belt'; how cox would go for experience in rough conditions; technique of approaching a vessel. RD describes how sea affected by sandbanks; danger of Haisborough Sand including anecdote involving his grandfather Henry Davies of men being washed overboard which led to death of Robert Allen [rescue of 'English Trader' 26-7 October 1941]; throwing line on to vessel being more difficult when lifeboats' engines produced less power; damaging lifeboats during rescue; transferring people from vessel to lifeboat including problems of communication and how the crew would work as a team; describes in detail 'The Boston Jaguar' as most memorable rescue, when three gas canisters exploded 15 Nov 1973, highlights role of doctor [Dr Paul Barclay]; describes involvement in retained fire service.
01:00:04-01:40:33 (h:m:s) - MiniDisc tracks 15 to 20 - interview with Ady Barker, hereafter AB, relating to his involvement with Cromer inshore lifeboat (ILB), dated by transcript as taking place during January 2005; duration is 40 minutes 28 seconds. AB describes role as ILB mechanic and helmsman; why he joined service and how he became helmsman; training, including basic D Boat training, helmsman course and Navigation, Search and Rescue (NAVSAR) course, all at Poole, importance of them being recognised by Royal Yachting Association; relationship between ILB and all weather lifeboat (ALB) crew and differing retirement ages; reasons for joining lifeboat service; describes the ILB used at Cromer; importance of heritage of Cromer lifeboat; talks about the ILB crew, minimum requirements, role of the helmsman, teamwork, describes how a crew is picked for each job and the pecking order; how a senior helmsman is appointed; relationship with coxswain of ALB; role of other two crew, especially when launching, which is described in detail later on in interview; the kit used; how the crew know the details of the incident and how coastguard directs the operation including detailed description later on in interview of communication with the coastguard, VHF radio, role and limitations of mobile phones; how crew get ready on way to incident; first aid training; how they are alerted of a job and how the crew is chosen; AB's first job as helmsman; training exercises of tipping lifeboat over; false alarms; range of the boat; what happens when lifeboat returns after a job to become ready for the next job; report writing; public support; relationship between crew who are fishermen and those that are not; explains that most ILB shouts come from people on the coast.