Malcolm Johnson: Former Filey Coxswain
It is with great sadness that Filey Lifeboat announces that our former Coxswain, Malcolm Johnson, passed away yesterday following a short but aggressive illness.
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.
- 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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.