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Awards for Staithes RNLI stalwarts

Lifeboats News Release

Three stalwarts of Staithes and Runswick RNLI were presented with long service medals at the station’s annual Christmas party at the weekend.

Women crew members with flowers and framed awards

RNLI/Grant McKee

Volunteer crew members Liz Wilson and Ashleigh Coney
Chairman Neil Anderson paid tribute to Launch Operations Manager David Porritt for 40 years with the volunteer charity at Staithes; Sean Baxter, Deputy Launch Operations Manager for 30 years; and Dr Graham Croft, for 20 years as station Medical Officer. ‘Three men who have done a wonderful job of running the station’, said Mr Anderson.

He also gave a certificate of thanks to crew member and first aider Ashleigh Coney who is stepping down from the crew after 12 years because of work commitments. Helmsman Lee Jackson presented her with a framed photograph from her colleagues.

In thanking management and crew for an outstanding year, Neal Anderson said it had been a record year for the station with 22 call-outs.

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