RNLI Volunteer Wins Bravery Award
Following his nomination to the Bridge FM Radio ‘Young Achievers Award 2018’ which was supported by Bridgend College, Porthcawl’s Ieuan Walmsley-Williams was delighted to hear that he had been selected as the winner of the Bravery Award.
Ieuan, a student at Porthcawl Comprehensive school, has been a member of the Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat crew for just over one year and has proved he is deserving of this award on several ‘shouts’ in recent months. He follows in his father’s, Andrew’s, footsteps being a fellow volunteer at Porthcawl.
Porthcawl Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, Ian Stroud, said, ‘As soon as I heard of the Young Achievers Award – Bravery section I had no hesitation in nominating Ieuan. He has turned up for numerous ‘shouts’ and launched with fellow crew members to a variety of casualty situations. Amongst some of the casualties that have been assisted when Ieuan has been on the crew are two girls and a young person and dog, both calls to cut offs by the tide when crew have had to swim on a rocky shore and through surf. Also there was a lady with a dislocated ankle and a male who, during swimming, suffered chest pains. Sea conditions have varied considerably but three to five foot waves do not deter his determination to go to the rescue’.
The Bridge FM Radio Young Achiever Awards took place at the Heronston Hotel and Spa in Ewenny where Ieuan was joined by his family for the award presentations. He received his award from Ade Collins, director of Action Doors who sponsored the Bravery section of the ceremony.
Dad, Andrew, said ‘it was a very good evening not just for Ieuan’s award but to hear so many inspiring stories of fellow young award recipients from the Bridgend area’.
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, in a normal year, 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.