Cowes helmsman Laurie is honoured with an official farewell

Lifeboats News Release

The departure from Cowes RNLI lifeboat of one of its helms was marked with a presentation ceremony at the station.

Laurie receives the RNLI’s Certificate of Service and a framed photograph from the Cowes Operations Manager, Mark Southwell.

Nick Edwards

Laurie receives the RNLI’s Certificate of Service and a framed photograph from the Cowes Operations Manager, Mark Southwell.

Laurie O' Callaghan’s local lifeboat connection began back in 2007 when he joined the-then independent lifeboat as a prospective crew member. The following year he became a fully-fledged crew member.

Although he left before the RNLI took over the service in 2008, two years later he was back again, and in 2014 he joined his father, Richard, as one of the station’s helms. Although Richard eventually retired as a helm, Laurie continued in the role until his work and personal commitments meant he was no longer available.

As a 2nd officer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, he currently has a shore-based post at Portsmouth Dockyard, and a home in North Somerset. In November he married Emily who is a 3rd officer with the RFA.

'My father encouraged me to join Cowes lifeboat and I have very good memories of my time here,' said Laurie, now aged 32.

Cowes operations manager, Mark Southwell, praised his seamanship and leadership while at Cowes. 'Hopefully one day he will live near a lifeboat station and serve with the RNLI again,' he added.

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Caption to photo: Laurie receives the RNLI’s Certificate of Service and a framed photograph from the Cowes Operations Manager, Mark Southwell. (photo by Nick Edwards)

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