Adventures of a coastguard: 5am is an odd time for a man of mature years to get out of bed for a joint exercise with the lifeboat crew.
Author: Don Adamson
Don Adamson comes from a long line of miners on both sides of the family. He has travelled to every continent except Antarctica. He met lots of mostly nice people who deserved better governments than they got. When his globetrotting days ended he served as a Coastguard Rescue Officer. His hobbies include reading, shouting abuse at the television and setting his grandchildren a bad example.
Don, in his further adventures with the Coastguard deals with suicide attempts. People jump from high bridges, but not always into water.
Don shares more of his memories as a Coastguard Search and Rescue Officer following his retirement. One or two of them are highly amusing.
It takes a special kind of person to get a kick out of being hauled out of bed in the small hours and in all weathers to deal with sometimes tricky problems. There are compensations: I shall always treasure the gleam in young eyes when, at PR gigs, I would explain, “Coastguards are the good guys. We save lives and rescue people. The best thing about us is that you get your clothes dirty, come home covered in mud and there is nothing your mother can say about it.”