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Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Celebrating over 200 years as a lifeboat station, Exmouth operates two lifeboats - an all-weather Mersey class lifeboat and an inshore D class lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 11 awards for gallantry.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
16/04/2014 11:53
15/04/2014 13:14
11/04/2014 12:03
07/04/2014 12:22
07/04/2014 12:15
07/04/2014 12:10
29/03/2014 12:38
14/03/2014 20:03
20/01/2014 19:36
08/01/2014 22:44

Latest news from this station

  • Darcey's Doughnut Delight for Exmouth RNLI

    Darcey's Doughnut Delight for Exmouth RNLI

    25-03-2014

    Competition winner Darcey Greenland, 11 has designed a new flavour of Italian ice-cream to help boost funds for the launch and recovery vehicle appeal at Exmouth RNLI.

  • New launch and recovery vehicle arrives at Exmouth RNLI

    New launch and recovery vehicle arrives at Exmouth RNLI

    18-03-2014

    On Monday 17 March, a new vehicle was introduced to the life-saving fleet at Exmouth RNLI. The launch and recovery vehicle (L&RV) has been part-funded by an ongoing appeal launched by the Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team.

  • Double award celebration for Exmouth RNLI

    Double award celebration for Exmouth RNLI

    03-03-2014

    On 1 March, volunteers from Exmouth RNLI and their families gathered at the boathouse on Queens Drive for a double celebration.

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Station address:

Exmouth Lifeboat Station
Queens Drive
Exmouth
Devon
EX8 2AY

Station telephone:

01395 263579

Station opening times:

10am–4.30pm daily

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Shop telephone:

01395 274890

Shop opening hours:

May-October
Monday-Sunday
10am-5pm

November-April
Monday-Sunday
11am-4pm

 

 

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

 

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Winning flavour, Darcey's Doughnut Delight sits in the display counter in Antonio's.

    Darcey's Doughnut Delight

  • Owner, Tony Badcott reveals the winning flavour to pupils and teachers from Bassett's Farm.

    Tony Badcott reveals the winning flavour

  • Tony Badcott holds the winning creation (left) with the four finalists from Bassett's Farm Primary School

    The winning creation with the four finalists.

  • Winner, Darcey Greenland (centre) with owner Tony Badcott (left) and Exmouth RNLI Crew Volunteer, David Preece (right)

    Tony Badcott with Darcey Greenland and David Preece.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The swivel seat in the cab allows the driver better visibility

    The launch and recovery vehicle inside the boathall

  • Trainer Mark Perry drives the launch and recovery vehicle into the boathouse.

    The launch and recovery vehicle arrives home.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteers watch their new launch and recovery vehicle on Exmouth beach

    Volunteers watch their new vehicle in action

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Andy Hurley, Regional Operations Manager (South) presents Chris Sims with his 20 year service badge.

    Chris Sims with Andy Hurley

  • Adrian Carey, Head of Operations (Training) presents Tim Mock with his Certificate of Service

    Tim Mock and Adrian Carey

  • Neil Matson on the left and Adrian Troop who will take part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race together

    Neil Matson and Adrian Troop

  • Vela Fresca a yacht belonging to Exmouth RNLI DLA Neil Matson who is to take part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Vela Fresca on a wave

  • Neil Matson who is a DLA at Exmouth RNLI and who is taking part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Neil Matson, DLA at Exmouth RNLI

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Tim Barnes from Krispies (left) presents Andy Williams, Mechanic at Exmouth RNLI (right) with a cheque for £500.

    Krispies present a cheque to Exmouth RNLI

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Owner, Tony Badcott invited crew and fundraising volunteers to a tasting evening when he opened the business in October 2013.

    Antonio's tasting evening, October 2013

  • Tony Badcott presents a cheque to Andy Williams, Exmouth RNLI Mechanic. Fundraising volunteers and their children join in the fun.

    Antonio's present a cheque to Exmouth RNLI

  • Start of the Exmouth RNLI Six on Saddle cycle ride from Supacat to Exmouth

    Start of Six on Saddles bike ride from Supacat

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Six of Exmouth's RNLI crew cycle 30 miles from Supacat to Station for SOS Day 2014

    Exmouth crew cycle 30 miles for RNLI SOS Day 2014

  • Six of Exmouth RNLI crew are cycling 30 miles for SOS Day 2014

    RNLI crew from Exmouth prepare for Six on Saddles for SOS Day 2014

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Inshore lifeboat, George Bearman launches to search for vulnerable woman at night.

    Inshore lifeboat launches at night

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • New Mechanic, Andy Williams receives the Thanks of the Institution inscribed in Vellum from the Hairy Bikers in July 2012.

    Andy Williams receiving an award in 2012

  • Exmouth Town Mayor, John Humphries (left) with new Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson at the 2013 Sea Sunday service.

    Steve Hockings-Thompson (right) with Exmouth Town Mayor

  • Volunteers from Exmouth RNLI say goodbye to Tim Mock on Christmas Day

    Exmouth RNLI say goodbye to Tim Mock

  • Retiring Coxswain Mechanic, Tim Mock hands over the keys to Exmouth RNLI boathouse to new Mechanic, Andy Williams

    Andy Williams receives the keys to the boathouse

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Tim Mock, Exmouth RNLI Coxswain Mechanic. Portrait for Fundraising Appeal poster, 2013.

    Tim Mock portrait

  • Exmouth RNLI crew aboard the Solent-class lifeboat, left to right:
Back row: Reg Mogridge, George Mears, Tim Mock, Bert Thomas.
Front row: Tom Chandler, Keith Graham, Bernard Bradford.

    Tim Mock with Exmouth RNLI crew in 1983

  • Retiring Coxswain, Tim Mock (right) with his son, Henry Mock. Henry is the youngest Exmouth RNLI crew volunteer.

    Tim Mock with his son, Henry

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Deputy Coxswains: Roger Jackson, Scott Ranft and Steve Hockings-Thompson with Mechanic, Andy Williams aboard the new Shannon-class lifeboat at Berthon Build.

    Exmouth RNLI Officers aboard the Exmouth Shannon in progress.

  • Former Shore Crew volunteer, Mark Newton receives a framed letter of thanks from Paul Boissier, by Mark Evans.

    Mark Newton is presented with a framed letter.

  • Steve Hockings-Thompson is presented with a 20-year service badge by Channel Division Technical Manager, Mark Evans.

    Steve Hockings-Thompson is presented with a 20-year service badge.

  • John Harvey is presented with a framed letter of thanks for his 35-year commitment. His wife, Daphne is presented with a bouquet of flowers for her loyal support.

    John and Daphne Harvey are presented with gifts.

  • Supacat military jackal will be on display at Devon's Crealy Adventure Park for Exmouth RNLI crews SOS Day cycling challenge

    Supacat military vehicle on display in Exmouth for SOS Day

  • RNLI crew from Exmouth took part in cycle for SOS Day 2013

    Exmouth RNLI crew SOS Day Cycle 2013

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Retiring Coxswain Mechanic, Tim Mock received a framed certificate and his wife, Melanie a bouquet of flowers from the Exe Sailing Club.

    Tim and Melanie Mock

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Local supporters attended the annual coffee morning.

    The event was well-attended.

  • A fan chats to author, Graham Hurley about his latest novel Touching Distance.

    Author, Graham Hurley signs for a fan

  • Graham Hurley presents shop volunteer, Sue Walmsley with her prize, Archie

    Shop volunteer, Sue Walmsley wins Archie the teddy

  • Best-selling author, Graham Hurley gives an entertaining talk before the prize raffle.

    Graham Hurley announces the prize raffle

  • Four shop volunteers gave up their Saturday morning and sold souvenirs worth £272.45 in two hours.

    Shop volunteers manned the souvenir stall

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The sight of 62 classic Minis at Exmouth RNLI attracted around 300 visitors throughout the afternoon.

    Classic Minis lined up outside the Exmouth RNLI boathouse

  • RNLI volunteers helped Mini drivers park along the launching ramp.

    Minis on the launching ramp at Exmouth RNLI

  • Local supporters Freddy Webber, Louis de Saram and James Webber enjoyed the occasion.

    Young supporters cheered the Minis onto the ramp

  • The first Minis appeared soon after 1pm and were directed onto the ramp by Exmouth RNLI volunteers.

    The Minis start to arrive at the boathouse.

  • Roger Bourgein, John Humphreys, Richard Darville, Caz Ashman and Eve Fossy. Neil Hurlock and Neil Cannon.

    Exmouth RNLI volunteers, Mini Club members join Exmouth Town Mayor and Crier

  • A view from the crew room window: Exmouth RNLI volunteers helped drivers park along the ramp. Both lifeboats were placed strategically on the beach in case of a call-out.

    Classic Minis parked on the Exmouth RNLI launching ramp

  • The Mersey-class lifeboat on the beach with Talus tractor. Crew volunteer, Tommo walks back to the boathouse.

    The all-weather lifeboat recovered to the beach

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI's Mersey-class lifeboat tows the casualty to a mooring at Starcross.

    All-weather lifeboat towing the Bayliner to safety

  • Volunteers Deputy Second Coxswain, Scott Ranft and Tractor Driver, Neil Cannon recover the all-weather lifeboat.

    Shore crew recover the lifeboat in deep water

  • The Talus tractor approaches the all-weather lifeboat for recovery.

    Recovery of the all-weather lifeboat

  • Crew volunteer, Robert 'Tommo' Thompson attaches a tow rope between the casualty and the all-weather lifeboat.

    Tommo attaching a tow rope to the Bayliner

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Pirate enthusiasts plan a pub crawl of Exeter to raise money for Exmouth RNLI's launch and recovery vehicle appeal.

    Exeter Pirates poised for fundraising action

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Minis of all shapes at the 2012 Jurassic Classic Mini Rally

    Classic Minis at Foxholes car park at the 2012 rally

  • Exmouth RNLI D Class and lifeguards on exercise during Open Day 2013

    Exmouth RNLI and lifeguards on exercise for lifeboat day

  • Exmouth RNLI's most successful Open Day

    Exmouth RNLI Open Day 2013

  • RNLI Open Day at Exmouth August 2013

    Exmouth RNLI Open Day August 2013

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer

  • RNLI Flag Day volunteers at Budleigh Salterton (left to right: David Lemon, Rosemary Williams, Mary Payne and Bruce de Saram)

    Budleigh Salterton Flag Day volunteers

  • RNLI lifeguard Kate Berridge who saved a boy's life in the River Exe

    RNLI lifeguard Kate Berridge

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Ian Taylor, crew volunteer with Stormy Stan and Beryl Cole, Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Secretary at last year's Open Day

    Exmouth RNLI Volunteers and Stormy Stan

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Dave Ashman

    Deputy Launching Authority, Dave Ashman

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The all-weather lifeboat just recovered and the Tooltrak tractor just launched the inshore lifeboat on Exmouth beach.

    One lifeboat is recovered as one launches

  • The all-weather lifeboat tows the vintage ketch across the bay

    The ketch tow watched by hundreds of beachgoers

  • The first of the two afternoon rescues: ketch tow.

    Vintage ketch in tow

  • Exmouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat on the slipway and the inshore lifeboat returning to the lifeboat station with three crew volunteers.

    Three crew volunteers return after the two yacht rescue

  • RNLI lifeguards providing casualty care to asthma patient on Exmouth beach

    RNLI lifeguards providing casualty care to asthma patient

  • Exmouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers assisting Dawlish lifeguard

    RNLI lifeguards working with Exmouth RNLI volunteers

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Emma Tarling

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • A coastguard examines Missy after RNLI crew volunteers return to the lifeboat station

    Missy examined after rescue

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • View from the back of the congregation

    View of the service from the ramp

  • Torbay and Exmouth lifeboats rescue crew from damaged tug

 

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Margaret Jean

Lifeboat class: Mersey class

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: George Bearman

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

The first lifeboat was built by Greathead.  Apparently the station ceased to exist for some years until it was re-established by the Institution in 1858.

1831
Silver Medal awarded to Chief Officer of Coastguard Lt John Sergeant.  On 6 December 1830 the brig Unity was driven ashore near Exmouth during a violent storm.  The Manby rock apparatus failed because the line broke.  Lieutenant Sergeant went into the surf with a rope and with the assistance of two of his crew and several inhabitants succeeded in saving the whole crew of seven.

1851
Silver Medal awarded to Thomas Pincomb Jnr, a pilot, who was upset from his boat while putting off with the intention of rescuing the crew of the brig Maria wrecked at Exmouth on 5 January 1851.

1859
Lifeboat house constructed.

1867
Lifeboat capsized on exercise.  No lives lost.

1882
On 1 November the lifeboat was launched on service to schooner Lady Elizabeth but was unable to find her.  The crew then tried to beach but just before dusk in a strong gale and heavy rain the boat was struck by an unusually heavy sea and capsized.  Fortunately all the crew regained the boat.  They then made for the station, which they reached after 5½ hours of severe toil at rowing.

1884
Gas service provided to lifeboat house.

1894
Silver Medals awarded to John Bradford, Uriah Bradford and George Prowse, for gallantly launching a small boat and, at considerable risk, rescuing the crew of six of the schooner John Gronsind of Svendborg, which had been driven on the Pole Sands in a strong south easterly gale and a very heavy sea on 4 January 1894.

1903
New lifeboat house constructed on site of existing one at a cost of over £700.

1905
Signalman Frederick Hayman Horne fired the signals for an exercise on 9 August and went home.  He was however found dead later from a heart attack amongst some trees near the lifeboat house.  Committee of Management voted £15 to local fund.

1907
Whilst lifeboat was being launched for exercise on 14 March, Coxswain Henry Christopher Squire, who was assisting, collapsed and died.  Committee of Management voted £150 to dependants.

1916
The lifeboat was launched on service on 5 November during a whole south east gale and very heavy sea to the ship St Paul.  The crew was composed of elderly men and the Committee of Management granted them an additional award and sent them a special letter of thanks.

1930
Centenary Vellum awarded.

1938
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain Thomas Horne for the launch on 15 January.  At 0530 a report that rockets had been seen off Lyme Regis and it was decided to launch the motor lifeboat Catherine Harriet Eaton.  A gale was blowing from the southwest against the spring ebb tide, making a very heavy sea in the bay.  A big bank of sand had formed on the beach and this and the heavy seas made the work of launching extremely difficult.  Thirty-two launchers took part, the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer of the station wading out to encourage them, and it was not until the fourth attempt that the launchers succeeded in getting the lifeboat underway.  For six hours the lifeboat searched in the gale, but could find no vessel in distress.  She returned to station at 1345.

1952
Lifeboat signalman Samuel Gifford fell from his bicycle when answering a service call on 6 July and sustained severe bruising and abrasions.  He went on service but on returning was taken to hospital and later had a stroke.  He died on 25 December 1953.  His wife received an allowance from the Institution until she died April 1980.

1953
Crew member P S Gifford was fatally injured en route to a launch.

Commemorative Vellum awarded for 150 years.

1954
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Harold Bradford for the rescue of the crew of five of the cabin cruiser Nicky which was in distress some 50 yards inside a rocky ledge at the approach to the estuary of the River Exe on 19 September 1954.  The rescue was carried out with courage and determination under difficult conditions of darkness in shallow breaking water with heavy rain squalls.

1956
On 25 December the lifeboat was on service to the motor vessel Minerva when she was struck by heavy seas and Second Coxswain Phillips and crew member William Carder were washed overboard.  The shore was informed by radio and a search of the beach was organised and both men were found.  Unfortunately William Carder could not be revived.  An allowance was paid to his father by the Institution.

Following this tragedy Trinity House asked those members of the lifeboat crew who were members of the Pilot staff to resign from the lifeboat and Coxswain H J Bradford, a Bronze Medallist, and two others left the service.

1966
D class lifeboat sent to station in May.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Coxswain Brian Rowsell and crew member Peter Rowsell in recognition of their service in the inflatable lifeboat on 29 May when three bathers were rescued in a heavy sea two miles south west of Exmouth.

1977
Motor Mechanic Bernard Bradford was awarded the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal.

1981
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, The Duke of Atholl, awarded to Coxswain Brian Rowsell in recognition of the service carried out by him in the station's boarding boat on 19 December, when the crew of two of the yacht Michelle were landed.  This service was performed in very difficult conditions with a strong south south easterly gale and very rough, short seas.  Leaving and entering the dock entrance were hazardous operations.  Mr M Clifton, a former crew member of the inflatable lifeboat who accompanied Coxswain Rowsell, was sent a Letter of Appreciation signed by the Director, Rear Admiral W J Graham.

1985
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew member Geoffrey Ingram in recognition of his meritorious action on 7 April when he entered the sea from the lifeboat Caroline Finch to give support to two girls who were in considerable difficulty after a speedboat sank one and a half miles east by south of Exmouth.

1994
Refurbishment of the crewroom and repairs to tractor house.

Brede class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Waveney.

1996
Waveney class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Trent class, 6 July 1997.

1997
New D class lifeboat D516 placed on service on 27 May.

2002
Following the visit on 24 October 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Admiral Sir Jock Slater, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided at Exmouth Lifeboat Station but that every effort be made to reduce the existing launching limitation for the all-weather lifeboat.

The Trustee Meeting held on 27 November decided that Exmouth Lifeboat Station be awarded a Vellum to commemorate the completion of 200 years service in 2003.

2006
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D669 George Bearman was placed on service on Wednesday 27 September.  D516 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.

2008
A new class of lifeboat, a Mersey, ON 1178 Margaret Jean was placed on service on 20 May.  This was to minimise the service restriction due to the depth of water in the river at low tide.

2009
A new station and FCB2 and D Class boathouse was built at a total cost of £1,750,000.

2010
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Admiral the Lord Boyce was awarded to Helmsman Giles White in recognition of his tenacity, judgement and seamanship skills when the inshore lifeboat rescued two teenage girls close to the sea wall of Dawlish.  The girls had been swept into the sea on the evening of 9 October 2010.  The service was conducted in confused breaking seas in near darkness.

2012
Silver Medal awarded to Helmsman Roger Jackson in recognition of his courage, seamanship, leadership and tenacity when the lifeboat saved the lives of four young men whose RIB had capsized on the afternoon of 23 October 2011.  The service was conducted in the most hazardous part of the river estuary, in south easterly force 7/8 winds and steep, breaking four metre waves. Unable to approach the upturned RIB because of copious amounts of flotsam and wreckage, he made four separate approaches to recover the casualties, timing his calls for them to swim to the lifeboat one at a time at moments when both boats were positioned between the waves’ crests.  Crew members Mark Champion and Andrew Williams were both accorded the Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum for their courage, professionalism and commitment to the service.

MEDAL RECORD
Seven medals have been awarded, five Silver and two Bronze the last being voted in 2012