Weymouth RNLI lifeboat crew win award
Weymouth lifeboat crew have won a prestigious 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.
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 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.