JUST KEEP HANGING ON
17 February 2018
No I am not saying (picture) “In this sea state? Really?” Though Severn’s team very nearly did. As part of our film ‘Seaguard’, I joined one of their teams making a routine check on a trawler and what she’d been taking from the sea. Getting there was the thing though, with the RIB – according to Severn’s captain – only just up to the challenge of that day’s wave and wind. RIB’s, on days like that, make a bouncy castle look like a Catterick mattress. So, with the RN’s usual professionalism and skill, I was briefed, survival-suited and booted (with a big helping hand dragging all that on), and helmeted too. And then hung on totally tight as we roared across to the trawler. Exciting, and the inspection was fascinating to film, witnessing the hours of hard work every inspection requires.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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