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Teignmouth RNLI volunteer achieves the landmark of 30 years service

Lifeboats News Release

Will Burton, Senior Helm at Teignmouth RNLI has been awarded the prestigious 30 year service medal which is the charity’s way of recognising the dedication and commitment of long serving volunteers.

Will and his Father


Will and his Father. Where it all started

Will said: 'I’ve been brought up on and around the river on boats and my family has a history of serving as lifeboat crew going back to before the station was closed in 1940. When it reopened in 1990, my father was one of the many locals that help persuade the RNLI to reinstate a lifeboat in Teignmouth. So I wanted to follow in my father’s and my family’s footsteps.
Because I spend a lot of time on and around the river area when not working as a fisherman, it makes sense with my local knowledge, that when someone does get in to difficulties then I will able to help rescue them.'

Charlie Woolnough, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'Will has an immeasurable wealth of martime experience and local knowledge having spent his life on and around the water. He leads an exemplary example to fellow crew members and his dedication is second to none. I would like to thank him for the 30 years he’s served and also thank his family who allow him time to serve our community.'


Will Burton in 2021


Will Burton in 2021
30 year service medal


30 year service medal

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