Retired Porthdinllaen RNLI Coxswain awarded for services to maritime industry

Lifeboats News Release

Mike Davies (RNLI Porthdinllaen Coxswain from 2003 – 2018) has been awarded The Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service – for his lifelong service to the Maritime Industry, at a special ceremony at the Trinity House, London.

Her Royal Highes, The Princess Royal, Master, The Corporation of Trinity House, presenting Mike Davies with his medal

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Mike Davies pictured receiving his medal at Trinity House, London

Mike’s maritime career which spans over 44 years, includes a period serving in the Royal Navy and as a fisherman fishing the local waters of North Wales, before embarking on a career that took him worldwide in commercial supply and support vessels in the oil and gas industry.

In 2003, Mike joined the RNLI as Coxswain of Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station where his passion and dedication for the sea saw him inspire, educate and mentor his crew, leading to a number of them gaining cadet ships and pursuing maritime careers.

After retiring from the RNLI in 2018 Mike`s passion with the sea continued; he now works as a Bosun at South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club at Abersoch where he continues to train and educate his team of young people in maritime skills.

Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen said: ‘On behalf of all at Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station, we congratulate Mike on being awarded in recognition of his services. Mike was an inspiration here where he mentored new recruits and went beyond the call of duty, organizing additional training ashore - this has inspired several of them to a career at sea. He worked tirelessly to uphold the tradition of the RNLI’.

Mike Davies pictured with wife Frances after the ceremony

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Mike Davies pictured with wife Frances after the ceremony

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