Local Hero Award for Rye Harbour's long-serving Lifeboat Operations Manager
Richard Tollett, former Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Rye Harbour, received a local hero award from the International Maritime Rescue Federation recently for an outstanding forty-nine and a half years service to the RNLI.
The presentation was made at the RNLI headquarters in Poole by the International Maritime Rescue Federation who organise the H.E.R.O Awards, (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations). The award recognises and thanks individuals and teams for the technical innovation, coordination and on-scene participation that make vital contributions to maritime search and rescue.
Tony Edwards, the current LOM, said: 'This award was very well deserved and I would like to congratulate Richard on behalf of the Management and crew at Rye Harbour'.
Richard served as both crew and Operations Manager during his time at the station. He started his RNLI volunteer career as a lifeboat crew member in 1968. He then took on the role of Honorary Secretary in 1986 and eventually became Lifeboat Operations Manager in 2004. He retired on 21 July, 2017, aged 70.
Richard was extremely pleased to receive his award and said: 'It was a very pleasant evening where I was able to mingle with rescuers from as far away as South Africa and New Zealand, as well as Iceland, Croatia, Sweden and South America'.
The RNLI was founded 193 years ago in 1824. It’s amazing that Richard had served for over a quarter of the time that the RNLI has been in existence. A truly remarkable feat.
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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.