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Award for Seahouses lifeboat crew member

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 1 June 2021, Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Clayton presented crew member Julie Harris with a Certificate of Excellence in Volunteering, on behalf of the RNLI and Seahouses lifeboat crew.


Ian clayton presenting the award to Julie Harris

Julie has carried out the role of Station Training Co-ordinator, and has worked tirelessly to arrange all of the recent crew training at the station. Seahouses was the only RNLI Station to have received a new Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat during the pandemic lockdown, which arrived on station on 18 October last year.

Thanks to Julie's efforts, including many hours in the planning, the crew were graded as competent by the end of December, to operate the new craft. The old Mersey Class lifeboat was then withdrawn, and RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan became the station's operational lifeboat. Due to the amount of required training, this was a considerable achievement.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Clayton commented: ‘The station owes Julie a tremendous debt of gratitude for her amazing organisational skills and efforts, which have got the crew to a position where we are now.

‘No one should underestimate the time and effort that she has put in, and she rightly and justly received a powerful round of applause from her appreciative crew colleagues at her presentation.’

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The photo shows the presentation outside the boathouse after a training exercise.

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For more information please contact Ian Clayton, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

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