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RNLI Tractor Driver Mark Smith on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘The bay was like a washing machine’

196. One Crew: Mark Smith

The force behind the launch - Mark Smith on powering his crew to a Silver Medal rescue.

When his pager went off on 20 May 2021, Trearddur Bay RNLI Tractor Driver Mark Smith knew exactly what it was about. Moments before, he’d looked out of his window and spotted three surfers struggling in treacherous swell and waves.

Mark talks about the incredibly challenging shout, which led to his fellow volunteer crew members receiving Silver and Bronze Medals, and Mark himself receiving the Director of Operations Commendation. Mark shares what kept him calm facing the worst sea conditions he’d ever experienced – and how everyone played a vital part.