Service badge for Chris

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FROM the age of five, Christopher Brompton would jump into his dad’s car and go to the Lifeboat Station to watch while he went to sea.

So it came as no surprise to his family and friends that as soon as he reached the age of seventeen he joined the RNLI Bridlington Lifeboat crew and now, aged 37, Christopher is to be awarded the RNLI’s 20-year service badge – the same award his father received 13-years-ago.

Christopher, who was born in Bridlington, lives with his wife Kim and their two sons at Stuart Close and was one of the crew that recently saved two tombstoners in rough seas near Bridlington harbour.

During his years with the lifeboat, Christopher has had many hair-raising experiences, including one painful incident which left him in traction for four weeks in Scarborough Hospital after he dislocated his hip.

Asked about any particularly memorable calls, Christopher said: “There have been so many but the first one that comes to mind was when we had fourteen calls for the Inshore boat in one day.

“We went from one incident to another eleven times without going back to beach.

“On another occasion when I was on the crew with my Dad and Andy Day, after a combination of big tides and high winds which gusted to force ten, the Inshore lifeboat was called to a yacht which needed help getting into the harbour due to the conditions. It really blew but we got the yacht to safety.”

And it looks like Bridlington Lifeboat will benefit from the input of a third generation of Bromptons in the future as Christopher’s seven-year-old son Harrison said: “I want to be a Lifeboat man like my dad and grandad.”

However, his younger brother Max, aged 5, has his sights set closer to shore, saying: “I want to be a pro golfer!”