Port Talbot RNLI volunteer receives long service award

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot crew member Rachel Ann Thomas has just received the Long Service Award for twenty years of commitment and service to the RNLI

Rachel signed on at the lifeboat station at the age of 17 years and then progressed to become a crew member on the lifeboat.

Throughout the years, Rachel has taken part in many rescues and in 2006 she received a bravery certificate, together with two other crew members, for the rescue of two men in a fishing boat in very rough stormy conditions off the mouth of the River Afan and returned them back to safety.

An invitation followed to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace as a member of the RNLI. When Rachel is not training or helping rescue people at sea she is busy at work as a Spinal Surgical Practitioner at Morriston Hospital, a job she has done for nine years. Her medical skills have come in handy on many occasions.

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