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Falmouth RNLI volunteer receives Pirate FM’s Cornish Coastal Rescue Award

Lifeboats News Release

Dave Nicoll, who has volunteered for Falmouth Lifeboat Station for over 40 years, has been awarded Pirate FM’s Cornish Coastal Rescue Award, sponsored by Ann's Cottage, in recognition of his dedicated service.

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The radio station held its 10th Local Heroes Awards last week, to salute the unsung heroes who help make Cornwall such a special place.

Dave first started volunteering for the RNLI when he was just 18 years old and has been involved in countless life-saving rescues at sea. He was nominated for the award by his daughter, Stacie.

Pirate FM’s breakfast presenters - Neil and Saffy - hosted the event at Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives on Friday 13th May.

Speaking on why she put Dave forward for the accolade, Stacie said: “I have looked up to my dad all my life. He’s spent so many years dropping anything – no matter what he’s doing or what plans he might have with his family – to help other people when they’re in difficulty. I’m proud that he is so selfless and always puts others in the community before himself.”

On receiving the award, Dave Nicoll said: “Being in the RNLI is a huge team effort and so many volunteers are involved in saving lives at sea. This includes the shore crew who launch our lifeboats, our coxswains and crew who take lifeboats to sea, and the fundraisers who generate money to pay for vital equipment, maintenance, and fuel.

“It’s been a real privilege to be part of the crew for so many years. It’s humbling to receive this award after 42 years of volunteering in Falmouth, and to be put forward by my daughter makes the honour even greater for me.”

Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards recognises the people who live and breathe community spirit, who overcome personal challenges and show great courage, who demonstrate sporting prowess, show deep kindness and heroism, protect the environment in which we live. Inspire others and those who go the extra mile. Other inspiring winners included a 21-year-old who beat cancer and completed his degree during lockdown, an eco-warrior tackling marine plastic pollution, and a man who pulled a lady to safety after a house fire.

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