Recognition of Service for Girvan volunteer Crewmember.

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Girvan volunteer recognised for operational service

Girvan DLA with his vellum in recognition of his operational service during his time as a sea going crewmember/Coxwain

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Tam Houston with his vellum

Girvan lifeboat crew proudly presented our very own Tam Houston with a vellum from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution recognising Tams operational service to Girvan lifeboat.

During his 15 years volunteering operationally on Girvan Lifeboat Tam served as ALB crew from 2004-2013 and as an All-weather Lifeboat Coxwain from 2013-2019 on call day and night 365 days a year for 15 years, missing work, family gatherings, birthdays, Christmas celebrations and any other occasions that were taking place at the time the pagers went off.

During the many many launches of the boat over the years, Tam helped rescue many vessels in danger, rescuing hundreds of people in the process, and saving 7 lives at sea.

We thank Tam for his commitment and dedication over the years and are delighted that he has once again attached a pager to himself and has returned to join us in a non sea going capacity as one of our Deputy Launching Authorities, DLA's are critical to any station and receive that initial 1st call from the UK Coastguard and make the decision on whether to page the crew & launch the lifeboat or not, whilst liasing with crew and Coastguard throughout the callouts.

Congratulations Tam and thank you for your service.

Deputy Launching Authority Thomas Houston receiving his vellum in recognition of 15 years as sea going crew from Girvan Lifeboat Operations Manager John Gourlay

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Thomas Houston receiving his Vellum

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