Long Service Award for RNLI Arbroath Helm

Lifeboats News Release

Peter Willis has been a volunteer crew member for the RNLI’s Arbroath lifeboat for two decades and will receive a long service certificate for his commitment at a small station ceremony this evening.

Arbroath's lifeboat on the slip way with rays of sunshine

RNLI/Allen Russell

Arbroath's lifeboat on the slip way with rays of sunshine

Peter Willis, who is originally from Arbroath, joined the town’s voluntary lifeboat crew in 1998 and has been a committed volunteer ever since. Peter started as a trainee crew member and has since completed training to become a qualified helm, a qualification which takes a great deal of time and commitment. When tasked to a ‘shout’ an RNLI helm will be in overall command of an inshore lifeboat (ILB) and is responsible for the safety of both the boat and her crew. Peter’s father was a volunteer for Arbroath’s lifeboat crew and Peter also volunteers as crew for Arbroath’s all-weather lifeboat.

Speaking about Peter’s award, Alex Smith, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Arbroath Lifeboat Station said: ‘Peter’s a fantastic guy to work with, a great crew member, always turn up to training and shouts – he’s truly dedicated to the RNLI and our crew and well deserving of this recognition’

Peter’s award also comes as Arbroath welcomes Sam Clow to the crew. Sam is undertaking training to fill the position as Arbroath’s full time Coxswain-Mechanic. Sam has recently moved from Sunderland’s RNLI lifeboat station, where he was a helm and has received a warm welcome at his new station. Arbroath Lifeboat Station is currently recruiting both lifeboat crew and shore crew, anybody who is interested in joining the volunteer team should contact the station directly.

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