On Sunday 6th October Bude volunteer lifeboat crew were honoured to assist the family of the late Dr David Giles by scattering his ashes at sea from the lifeboat.
Dr David Giles had a long association with Bude Lifeboat and dedicated his time and expertise to assisting the RNLI and helping save lives at sea. In May 1966 the inshore lifeboat station at Bude was established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat. Dr Giles was not only a volunteer member of this original lifeboat crew but he went on to become the Honorary Medical Adviser until 2002 and was also Chairman of the Branch. He is credited with being instrumental in recruiting many local people into the crew. As well as his connection to Bude lifeboat Dr Giles was a well liked and much respected family GP.
Dr Giles' family were invited to the lifeboat station for tea, biscuits and a chat with the lifeboat crew along with Branch Chairman, Paul Finn and Branch President, Chris Cloke, before making their way to the cliff above Summerleaze beach. Although the weather was bright there was a fresh breeze and Bude's D-class lifeboat George Bird was launched into big surf for the ceremony.
A short reading by Mark Palmer, on board the RNLI lifeboat, was given over the radio so that Dr Giles' family and the crew at the lifeboat station could hear, before the volunteer crew fulfilled Dr Giles wish for his ashes to be scattered into the sea.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Wilson said: 'We are incredibly grateful for all David's support, hard work and dedication to Bude Lifeboat Station over the years. He will be sadly missed but not forgotten. We are proud to have been able to help David's family fulfil his wish.'
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