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