RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat station longest serving volunteer retires

Lifeboats News Release

Mark Cable, whose birthday is today, retires from the RNLI after serving as a volunteer lifeboat crew member for over 43 years.

Mark Cable standing next to his portrait by David Gillingwater

RNLI/James Cable

Mark Cable standing next to his portrait by David Gillingwater

Mark Cable is from a long line of the Cable family, who have served on the RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboats over many years. Mark joined the RNLI on 1 January 1977, when he was 21 years old. He has seen many changes over the years, particularly with the different lifeboats that have launched from Aldeburgh.

Over the 43 years as a volunteer, he has taken part in many rescues and often in difficult situations. His vast experience and knowledge, meant he was the person to ask, on a ‘shout’, to get advice about the sea and what to do.

He will be sorely missed by the crew, particularly his dry sense of humour, and the team thank him for his 43 years of volunteering for the RNLI at Aldeburgh lifeboat station.

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For more information please telephone :-

  • Caron Hill, Aldeburgh RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07837 263210 email [email protected]
  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer (North and East), 01642 790636 / 07824518641/ [email protected]

or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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