Volunteers gather to say a final farewell to a much-admired friend and colleague

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 26 September saw family and friends of Walmer RNLI volunteer Tony Nash gather on the beach in front of the boathouse to witness the scattering of his ashes at sea. Tony had passed away on 5 July.

Scattering the ashes of our dear friend Tony Nash at sea.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Scattering the ashes of our dear friend Tony Nash

Tony began volunteering at Walmer lifeboat station in 2012 as shore crew, and within three years had become a tractor driver and Head Launcher. He was always available to assist around the station, whether it be collecting fuel or helping with the changeover of boats or tractors when they were going away for maintenance. His infectious wit, banter and humour, and his trademark yellow Land Rover will be sorely missed.

The ceremony took place after Walmer’s two inshore lifeboats, Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class Duggie Rodbard II returned from exercise. The boats aligned side by side as the ashes were scattered into a calm sea.

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

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Walmer crew pay their respects

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer crew pay their respects

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