Long Service Award for two Littlehampton RNLI helmsmen

Lifeboats News Release

Ritchie Southerton and Ross Bowman, both volunteer crewmembers and helmsmen at Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat station have received the RNLI’s Long Service Award in recognition of their twenty plus years’ service to the charity that saves lives at sea.

Ritchie and Ross at the Awards Ceremony

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Ritchie and Ross at the Awards Ceremony

Ritchie and Ross both joined the Littlehampton volunteer crew in 1996. Ritchie has also spent time with the Thames Lifeboats.

Their dedicated service, experience, expertise and support are greatly valued by everyone at the lifeboat station. Ritchie and his wife along with Ross and his partner, recently attended a celebration at the Guildhall in London where they received their Long Service Awards from the RNLI, in recognition of their time served.

Ritchie, who has worked as a police officer and test driver for Rolls Royce, is about to take his boating skills and knowledge to the Antarctica to work for the British Antarctic Survey for six months, as a boating officer.

When he returns to the UK he will continue responding to his pager and conducting training at Littlehampton Lifeboat Station. When Ross is not responding to his pager, he can be found working in the construction industry as an appointed person and mobile crane operator.

They both join a small group of current and previous volunteer lifeboat crew from Littlehampton RNLI who have served more than 20 years.

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Ritchie on board

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Ritchie onboard
Ross on board

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Ross on board

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