Looe RNLI volunteer Helm Clive Palfrey is a local hero

Lifeboats News Release

At last Friday night’s Pirate FM Local Hero award ceremony, Looe RNLI volunteer Helm Clive Palfrey received the Cornish Coastal Rescue award

Clive Palfrey receiving his award from Rob Harris MD Ann’s Cottage with Pirate FM presenters Neil Caddy and Lucy Smart

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Clive Palfrey receiving his award from Rob Harris MD Ann’s Cottage with Pirate FM presenters Neil Caddy and Lucy Smart

The Pirate FM Local Heroes Awards recognise members of the community who go the extra mile to help others. Following a nomination by Nick Pope, one of Looe Lifeboat Station’s deputy launching authorities, Clive Palfrey received the Cornish Coastal Rescue award during Friday night’s ceremony at the Tregenna Castle Resort, St Ives.

In his nomination Nick Pope refers to Clive drawing on his knowledge of the local fishing community and his experience as one of Looe Lifeboat Station’s volunteer inshore lifeboat helms to be one of the main leads in the design and implementation of the #wearitforthem life jacket project. Led by Plymouth City Council, this project’s objectives are to reduce the number of fishermen’s lives lost at sea, by providing life saving equipment with in built locator beacons so fishing crews will be safer at sea.

At the award ceremony Clive’s 16 years service with Looe RNLI, his involvement in major rescues off the Cornish Coast and tireless efforts to help keep fishermen safe at sea were all recognised.

In accepting the award Clive recalled some of the shouts lifeboat crews have been involved with over the years. Clive has first hand knowledge of incidents which have ended in tragedy for the fishing community and explained how life jackets, fitted with locator beacons, can alert the Coastguard service immediately as the incident unfolds and help to direct lifeboat crews quicker to a specific search area.

Clive goes on to say that he was surprised to be nominated for this award and felt he was receiving the award on behalf of all the organisations involved. He is currently working with Torbay and Cornwall councils on similar projects and his ambition is for this project to be adopted to provide safety equipment to fishermen across the whole of the country.

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Notes for Editors:

  • Sponsored by Ann’s Cottage Surf & Lifestyle Stores the Pirate FM Local Hero Cornish Coastal Rescue award is “Awarded to a person who has gone beyond the call of duty to assist those in danger on the water, be it RNLI, coastguard, search and rescue, or an ordinary member of the public”
  • The award ceremony was held on Friday 13 April 2018 at the Tregenna Castle Resort, St Ives
  • The Cornish Coastal rescue award was presented to Clive by Rob Harris managing director of Ann’s Cottage

Photos:

· Clive Palfrey receiving his award from Rob Harris MD Ann’s Cottage with Pirate FM presenters Neil Caddy and Lucy Smart
Photo credit Pirate FM

· Looe RNLI volunteer helm Clive Palfrey
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI volunteer Clive Palfrey at the helm of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

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· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

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Looe RNLI volunteer helm Clive Palfrey

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Looe RNLI volunteer helm Clive Palfrey
Looe RNLI volunteer Clive Palfrey at the helm of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

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Looe RNLI volunteer Clive Palfrey at the helm of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

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