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Welsh RNLI Coxswain to receive MBE from Queen

Lifeboats News Release

The coxswain at a Welsh lifeboat station has been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours

Nigel Millard

Martin Jones

Martin Jones, a volunteer crewmember at Rhyl Lifeboat Station for over 30 years and full time Coxswain since 2010, has been awarded an MBE.

Martin has been on more than 700 ‘shouts’ at what is the busiest lifeboat station in North Wales.

Alongside his role as Coxswain, Martin also holds the roles of Mechanic, D Class Helm, Assessor Trainer and Training Coordinator.

And if his commitment at the lifeboat station wasn’t enough, Martin also volunteers for the RNLI Flood Rescue Team. He was part of the team deployed to Cumbria during the storms of December 2015, when they assisted 337 people and rescued 74 people in distress.

Martin also provides cover for his fellow coxswains at stations around the UK, serving as a relief coxswain where and when needed.

Talking about receiving the award, Martin said: “After receiving the news that Rhyl RNLI are to be allocated a new Shannon class lifeboat only a few weeks ago, I honestly didn’t think this year could get any better – but to open a letter and read that I’d been awarded an MBE, well, it’s the icing on top of the cake.

“I am extremely proud and thankful to be awarded an MBE for services to the RNLI. To be honest, this award isn’t just for me – it’s recognition of the lifeboat station, the local community, and most importantly it’s for my family who have allowed me to drop everything and leave important events when the pagers go.

“Like all lifeboat crew across the country, we wouldn’t be able to give the level of commitment that the charity needs without the support of our families; they are the unsung heroes when saving lives at sea.”

Martin also finds the time to contribute and fundraise in the local community and not only featured prominently in organising the Rhyl Annual Air Show, but also took the lead roles in the Rhyl Harbour Festival and the Emergency Services Show.

RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier said: ““Martin has the needs of the RNLI and his station at his heart and his passion is reflected in everything he does. He is always the first to step aside to allow credit to go to his team.”

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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