Surprise for RNLI Walmer helmsmen

Lifeboats News Release

An unexpected surprise was in store for two Walmer lifeboat helmsmen at the annual crew barbecue.

Walmer helmsmen Lee Waddon and Dan Sinclair with their award letters.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer helmsmen Lee Waddon and Dan Sinclair with their award letters.
Helmsmen and Lifeboat Training Assessors Lee Waddon and Dan Sinclair were both presented with RNLI Excellence in Volunteering awards on Sunday 22 July for their work at the station. Lee's commendation letter paid tribute to his adaptability in progressing training and the innovative way he has introduced additional training for shore crew. Dan's letter made mention of his role as a Lifeboat Training Assessor, 1-1 crew training and his efforts as organiser of the annual Mayday car wash. Lee's award was a crystal engraved RNLI emblem while Dan was presented with a crystal engraving of a Shannon lifeboat.

Speaking at the presentation, Lifeboat Operations Manager Denis Brophy said 'These awards are hard earned and are only given to those whose contribution is above and beyond what is expected of a volunteer. They have both undertaken additional roles and continually maintain RNLI values, demonstrating they have gone the extra mile. It gives me great pleasure to present these awards.'

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