Clacton RNLI say ‘goodbye and thank you’ to two of their volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

In the last crew meeting of the year Clacton RNLI said 'goodbye, thank you and best wishes' for the future to two of their volunteer crew.


Darren Simper being presented with a framed certificate of thanks from the RNLI by Dave Wells.

In a simple ceremony Darren Simper was presented with a framed certificate of thanks from the RNLI by Dave Wells (Clacton’s Lifeboat operations manager) for his 11 years of service.

In those 11 years Darren has held numerous roles within the station; starting as a member of the shore crew, then as tractor mechanic as well as becoming a member of the lifeboat crew. Mr Simper went on to reach the role of helmsman by the time of leaving, and participated in saving 18 lives.

The second of the lifeboat station’s leavers is Tony McEwen who has been a member of the shore crew for four years. As a member of the shore crew Tony would help to safely launch and recover the lifeboats, as well as prepare them for their next service.

Tony has proved to himself and the team, despite the loss of a leg in a motorbike accident, he could be an active member of the team. Tony hopes this will show others in the community in a similar situation, that disability is no barrier to saving lives at sea.

All the team at the lifeboat station wishes them well in their new endeavours.

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  • Richard Wigley, Lifeboat Press Officer, Clacton RNLI: 07903 424698
  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer, North East and East: 07824 518641
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Tony McEwen (left) saying 'goodbye'

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