Troon RNLI volunteer receives long service award for 30 years RNLI service

Lifeboats News Release

Last night (Monday 28 October 2019) our Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond presented Deputy Launching Authority Gary Pringle with the bar to his long service badge in recognition of his 30 years of voluntary service to the RNLI.

oon RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond (left) present the long service award to Deputy Launching Authority Gary Pringle

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Troon RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond (left) present the long service award to Deputy Launching Authority Gary Pringle

Gary joined Troon RNLI lifeboat station in 1989 and initially volunteered aboard the stations Arun class lifeboat RNLB City of Glasgow III as a crew member and navigator before being appointed as Deputy 2nd Coxswain.

With the arrival of the stations current lifeboats in 2004, Gary continued as Deputy 2nd Coxswain aboard the current Trent all weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and also became a helmsman aboard the stations first D class inshore lifeboat. Gary retired from the crew in 2018 and took up a shore based role as Deputy Launching Authority responsible for authorising the launch of the stations inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

During his time with the RNLI , former Air Traffic Controller Gary was also a full time helmsman at London’s Tower Lifeboat Station, the RNLIs busiest lifeboat station, where he served aboard the stations E class lifeboats covering the River Thames between Barking Creek and Battersea.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said, ‘After volunteering for 30 years and currently serving as a Deputy Launching Authority within Troon RNLI Lifeboat Station, Gary is dedicated to the cause of saving lives at sea and we are extremely grateful for his many years of voluntary service to the RNLI. I am delighted to present Gary with his 30 year long service award which is extremely well deserved.’

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789



RNLI 30 year long service award

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RNLI 30 year long service award

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