Long serving Lifeboat Doctor retires
Dr Nick Lowe presented with his certificate of service.
Dr Nick Lowe’s service as the Volunteer Lifeboat Medical Advisor (LMA) for Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station was recognised by the presentation of a framed Certificate of Service from the RNLI at the annual lifeboat crew supper held recently at Lytham Cricket Club.
Among his other medical duties for the Station, Dr Nick had to be ready to go out on the lifeboat at a moments notice in the worst of weather if a seriously injured or ill casualty required more than the first aid treatment most of the crew are qualified to administer.
Starting in 1994 as Deputy LMA to the then Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Dr Michael Reid, Dr Nick took over the position on Dr Reid’s retirement in 2012 and continued until his recent retirement from his Lytham GP practice.
Lytham St Annes RNLI Station Mechanic Martin Jaggs MBE presented the certificate to Dr Nick, praising him for his voluntary commitment to the cause of saving lives at sea and saying it was a pleasure to work with him and that it was a sad day when retirement had to take over. He wished the doctor well for the future.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.