Ashes of former crewmember scattered from Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat
The ashes of a former member of the Whitstable lifeboat crew were scattered from the station's lifeboat just off the town's harbour on Sunday evening.
Eric always have had an interest in the sea and had been the commanding officer of the Widnes Sea Cadet Unit and on his arrival in Whitstable was quick to join the lifeboat crew serving with the station from 1980 until 1990 when he left having bought a hotel in Falmouth.
During his decade with the station he was awarded with a Vellum Service Certificate for his part in the rescue of 12 anglers onboard a fishing boat in difficulties in The Swale in 70-80mph winds in January 1986 and was twice part of the winning crew in the station's Dan Davies First Aid and Seamanship exercise.
On Sunday his wife Ann, family and friends boarded The Chieftian, the former Barmouth lifeboat which now runs pleasure trips from Whitstable harbour owned, by former lifeboat helmsman Richard Judge, who served with Eric, to escort Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat to scatter his ashes just of the harbour in waters that he came to know well.
Eric leaves his wife Ann, daughter Kim and son Ian.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.