Job Done

Richard Judge, Whitstable RNLI


I was brought up on boats.

Trawling, potting, netting.

The harbour was very active at the time.


We were using claxons and maroons

so the whole town knew –

there’d be quite a crowd,


watching people running down.

It’s more discreet now,

the crew can click an app.


I’ve got a lot of medals –

doing things for a long time.

Isn’t for anything brave.


You put them ashore

and think job done.

But you’d hear them say –


the only reason I held on

was because I could see the boat coming.

A good clear cut one – a life saved.