Forty years of rescuing people from the sea, reuniting children with parents - and responding to bizarre calls of kitchen appliances in distress.
‘It’s all part of the job’ says Brian Porter , Skegness RNLI’s longest-serving member.
He has just reached the milestone of a staggering 40 years’ voluntary service with the lifeboat, having started aged just 18.
“It’s something I thoroughly enjoy,” said Brian, 58.
“I think the best thing I have got out of the job is actually saving lives. When you go out on the inshore lifeboat and pick up a child in a dinghy and then hand the child back to its parents, it’s such a great feeling.
“We had a real problem with dinghies a few years ago - but now we have lifeguards on the beach and things seems to have settled down a bit.”
Along with the call-outs where human life is at stake, Brian says he has been involved in a number of pet rescues as the beach is a popular spot for dog walkers.
He explained: “If a dog goes in the sea, chances are the owner’s going to go in after it and we will end up having to rescue them as well.
“Not long after I started, the crew were called to rescue a bull after it had run through the town and ended up in the sea.”
Along with humans and animals, Brian has raced to the ‘rescue’ of some strange objects – with people literally mistaking ‘buoys’ for boys.
“We’ve had a few call-outs to what just turned out to be marker buoys or buoys marking fishing pots,” he said.
“One time we were called out to what turned out to be a fridge freezer in the water, which someone thought was the upturned hull of a boat.”
Being on a retained lifeboat crew means Brian has had to live close to the Skegness station for all his 40 years service.
Having had his own window cleaning firm for a number of years, he now works as a cleaner at the Hildreds Centre.
He added: “It can be very disruptive to family life to suddenly have to drop everything and rush off. So people need to bare that in mind, but I would recommend volunteering to anyone.”
His fellow crew mates put on a buffet of food to celebrate his milestone last week.