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Weymouth RNLI lifeboat crew win award

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth lifeboat crew have won a prestigious Local Heroes Award.

Weymouth lifeboat Coxswain Andy Sargent (centre) with crew members Alice Higgins and Lyle Stantiford

RNLI Weymouth

Wessex Fm Local Heroes Award

The crew were nominated for the Service Award by RNLI Weymouth lifeboat station fundraiser Teresa Drage in local radio station Wessex FM's annual Local Heroes Award.

Wessex FM staff hosted the glittering black tie event at the National Sailing Academy on Portland on Friday 23 June. Dozens of people from all walks of life vied for a number of awards given out on the evening.

A spokesperson for Wessex FM said: 'Well done to all of our winners, and to our sponsors, for such an inspiring, emotional, and fun evening for all. It was tough work for the judges to choose our winners, but we think you'll agree that they were worthy of their trophies.'

The Service Award was collected on behalf of all the lifeboat crew members by lifeboat Coxswain Andy Sargent, accompanied by crew members Alice Higgins and Lyle Stantiford.

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