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An RNLI volunteer crew member from Sheringham has been awarded 100 per cent in a health and safety examination. He is the first person ever to receive full marks.

Steve Roberts, the tractor driver for the Sheringham crew, went on a one-week practical course at the RNLI Launch Equipment Training Facility based at the Amphibious Trials & Training Unit Royal Marines in Instow, Devon, in September. He received a full grounding in areas ranging from how to operate the tractor safely in water, in confined areas or in difficult conditions to dealing with potential hazards such as fire. The training was completed with an online multiple-choice test.

A whiskey tumbler and a cheque for were presented to Mr Roberts at Sheringham lifeboat station by the station's chairman Phil Hawes. These were from the sponsors of the test - the Off-highway Plant & Equipment Research Centre (OPERC).

RNLI instructor Graham Eaves said:

'This is an amazing achievement. Steve has demonstrated that he was giving his full attention all week - taking in absolutely everything I said.'

OPERC founder Dr David J Edwards from Loughborough University said:

'Steve really deserves this award. He has set a good example for others to follow.'

The RNLI provides a 24/7 search and rescue service every day of the year. The majority of RNLI crews are volunteers whose everyday jobs range from doctor, teacher, housewife, hairdresser - and of course to fishermen. The RNLI provides the best possible lifeboats, equipment and training to ensure that the volunteer lifeboat crews can do their job in the safest and surest way.

The RNLI is a charity and is reliant upon donations and volunteers. Currently over M each year is spent running the RNLI, (over 000 per day) and that's why every donation and legacy - whether large or small, is so valuable to the RNLI and its volunteer crews.

For more information please telephone Amy Ross, RNLI Media Relations Manager in the East on mobile 07786 668825