RNLI Bridlington volunteer recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Lifeboats News Release

Richard Dunk, President and former Chairman at Bridlington Lifeboat Station, is to receive a British Empire Medal for his voluntary service to the RNLI.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Richard Dunk, President RNLI Bridlington
Richard joined the Lifeboat Station Management Group in 1996 and the following year was appointed Vice Chairman, a position he held until 1998 when he became Chairman, then President in 2018.

During his time in office he has worked with five Coxswains and five Lifeboat Operations Managers, helping to implement many changes over the years. He was at the forefront of the negotiations and decision making which brought about the new boathouse and Shannon class lifeboat.

A keen yachtsman and lifelong supporter of the RNLI, Richard already holds Gold and Silver medals for his service to the Bridlington lifeboat.

Commenting on his BEM award Richard said: 'It was an honour and privilege to work alongside not only operational side of the station but the wider community, whose support is vital to the well being of the RNLI and the brave crew members who put their lives at risk to save others. The station continues to go from strength to strength and I feel privileged to be a part of this continued success.'

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