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Malcolm Johnson: Former Filey Coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

It is with great sadness that Filey Lifeboat announces that our former Coxswain, Malcolm Johnson, passed away yesterday following a short but aggressive illness.

Malcolm served the RNLI for almost 50 years and was appointed Coxswain of our all-weather lifeboat from 1998 to 2003.
He was awarded the RNLI Vellum of Thanks for jumping into exceptionally rough seas off Flamborough Head to rescue a fisherman who had fallen from the grasp of a helicopter winchman following the capsize of the vessel Northwind 111 and the loss of the coble CarolSandra.

He received an RNLI Letter of Thanks for a dramatic rescue of a yacht , Araxian, just north of Filey Brig in gale conditions during which a crew member was washed overboard from the yacht.

He also received a Letter of Thanks for the rescue of the yacht , Kilpeacon, which had founded on rocks near Flamborough.

He also received an RNLI Vellum Service Certificate when the crew of the cargo vessel ,Rito, sinking just off Filey Brig, were saved by Filey Lifeboat.

He coxswained and helmed both boats on numerous other rescues and services including a 14 hour call to an RAF Tornado, and saving the life of a fisherman washed off the Brig just to mention two.
Sons Richard and Mark have carried on that Lifeboat tradition : Richard on Filey Crew and Mark with the Isle of Arran crew.
Our thoughts are with Ann, Richard, Mark and all the family at this time
Notes to editors
  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Facebook page.

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