Ian Cormack'Always at the back of your mind is the safety of your crew'
Duration: 1669 seconds
Recorded: 17 August 2017
About this recording
Ian Cormack has been coxswain of the Wick RNLI lifeboat since 2000. His first trip, in the early 1980s, was entirely unplanned but he has been an integral part of the service ever since. In this interview, Ian reflects on some of the most dramatic rescues during his time on the lifeboat, including a call-out to the P&O ferry St Rognvald in 1991 after it had lost compass and steering in stormy seas in March 1991 and the Cemfjord cargo ship tragedy in January 2015. He also highlights the commitment of his fellow crew members as well as the generosity of the public in donating the funds that the RNLI depends upon to continue saving lives at sea. The RNLI is separate from the coastguard and independent of government, relying on its volunteers and supporters to keep the service going. The first three boats stationed at Wick, from 1848 to 1895, were supplied by the British Fisheries Society. The present vessel, the Trent-class RNLB Roy Barker II, is the 11th Wick lifeboat and covers an area from the Pentland Firth to east Sutherland.