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The RNLI honours Swanage volunteers for long service

Lifeboats News Release

In 2016 three of the Swanage RNLI volunteers have been awarded for their service to the Institution. To mark these significant awards a presentation was made in Swanage Lifeboat Week.

RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson attended to present an Honorary Life Governor award to former Swanage Lifeboat Coxswain Chris Haw, a Gold Badge to Charles Buckle, former Deputy Launching Authority having given 25 years service and a Gold Badge to Dave Corben, former lifeboat crew member and serving Deputy Launching Authority having given 25 years service.

All the awards reflect a significant voluntary commitment given over many years.  Whether you serve as a crew member or a deputy launching authority you make your way to the lifeboat station whenever the pager sounds, day or night. There will have been many occasions when a lifeboat call-out has taken these long serving volunteers from work, a special occasion or from their beds and yet they have continued to give their time for many years.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Captain Neil Hardy, said: “Our thanks go to Chris, Charles and Dave for their many years of service. Volunteering for the RNLI is an extraordinary commitment, being very demanding at times. The time and dedication given by our volunteers is out of choice and only made possible thanks to the support of their families. I’m am proud we have so many volunteers who have continued to serve the Swanage RNLI for such long periods of time.”

Notes to Editors

Photographs attached, Charles Buckle collection his award from George Rawlinson, Dave Corben accepting his award from George Rawlinson, Chris Haw accepting his award from George Rawlinson and all awardees together with George Rawlinson.  All photographs credit Andy Lyons.

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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.

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