100 not out for two Rhyl RNLI volunteers
Jimmy Quinn and Paul Frost MBE celebrated a special day on September 17 2018. They both have been involved with the crew at Rhyl station for 50 years.
The two were so keen and wanted to join the crew that they helped out whenever they could, either at the shop in the station, or just generally helping to keep the station clean. They actually performed a rescue in the relatively-new inshore lifeboat when they were 14, rescuing two salmon fishermen who had capsized their salmon punt just off the boathouse in the surf. This service could not be recognised, as they were both under age to be lifeboat crew, but there were no crew available!
Eventually on achieving the age of 17, they were taken on the crew, and have remained with the Rhyl RNLI to this day.
Jimmy is currently one of the station's mechanics, and is well known throughout the RNLI in the UK, as he provides cover for mechanics at other stations who are on leave. He is known from Shetland (Scotland) to Dover (England), from Newquay (Wales) to Aldeburgh on the east coast of England, and also in Northern Ireland. Jimmy is qualified to be the mechanic on any class of lifeboat on station, apart from the new Shannon-class lifeboats.
Paul progressed through the volunteer ranks to be a crew member, helmsman in charge of the inshore lifeboat, through to mechanic and coxswain of the all-weather lifeboat. Paul is qualified in every role on the all-weather lifeboat. Both Jimmy and Paul retired from the inshore lifeboat on reaching the statutory finishing age of 45, but continued on the all-weather lifeboat. Paul was awarded the MBE for his services to the RNLI by HM the Queen in 2011. He is also the station's Press Officer.
Both Jimmy and Paul will reach 65 years of age in2019. This is the year when Rhyl RNLI volunteers will take charge of the new Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat.
Paul says ' Jim and I are proud to have served the lifeboat community in an operational role for 50 years. There will be few in the RNLI's ranks today who could match that achievement'.
The pictures show Jimmy (L) and Paul (R) in September 2018, leaning against the present launching tractor T93. The second picture shows Jimmy (2nd from left) and Paul (3rd from left) leaning against tractor T60 in 1969. The remaining pictures show the station service boards for the time when Jimmy and Paul joined.
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.