Port Talbot RNLI volunteers receive awards
Five lifeboat crew members at Port Talbot have received their medals for twenty plus years of service
Senior helmsman David Jones, (pictured left) who is currently a fulltime coastguard officer serving as a Management Operations Controller at the National Maritime Centre at Fareham. When he is not on duty and at home, he devotes a great deal of his time to the lifeboat station and looks after the ordering and maintenance issues at the station.
Ronnie Jones (pictured right) works as a deckhand on the pilot cutter out of Swansea docks and was a member of the local coastguard team for many years. Ronnie has given 30 years of service to the lifeboat station as a shore crew member and was also one of the crew members at the old station.
Awards have also been received by Operations Manager Clive Morris - 33 years; Senior Helmsman Leon Murphy - 24 years and crew member Rachel Thomas - 20 years.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.