Craster RNLI receive generous donation

Lifeboats News Release

The grandparents of the late Damian Dixon visited Craster lifeboat station on Wednesday 4 December 2019 to donate monies raised from his grandmother's 70th birthday collection.

RNLI/Matty Bolam

Damian's grandparent's and 2 crew that were on the boat Andrew Taylor and Mark green

The family came to say thank you to the crew and all involved at the station and those who attended the call on 13 January 2019 when Craster Lifeboat was tasked to assist HM Coastguard to rescue Damian who had fallen into the sea between Cullernose Point and the Bathing House, south of Craster, whilst fishing.

Sadly after being flown by Great North Air Ambulance Service to Hospital, Damian passed away later that day.

Andy Taylor and Mark Green, who were crew on the lifeboat on the day of the tragedy met Damian's grandparents at the station.

Helen, Damian's grandmother, said: 'We can't thank everyone enough for braving their own lives to try and save Damian for us, I hate to think what it would be like had he not been found.'

Damian's grandfather Peter said: 'I also thank all the emergency services, especially the RNLI crew who give their free time as volunteers.'

The family then presented the station with the donation from the collection instead of presents for Helen's 70th Birthday.

This money will to go towards buying equipment and funding training for the volunteer crew, which will help them to save lives at sea.

Helen showed the lifeboat station a lovely card with and beautiful poem from the funeral service.

Kevin Brown, Lifeboat operations Manager said: 'On behalf of the lifeboat station we thank you for your generous donation and we give you our condolences to you and the rest of the family.'

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Andrew Cowan RNLI volunteer crew

a picture of Damian Dixon from a card from the funeral

Andrrew Cowan RNLI volunteer crew

a little poem off the back of the picture card of Damian.

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