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Whitby RNLI bid farewell to crew member heading down under

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew member Aden Welford joined the lifesaving charity in 2016.


Aden Welford centre, with fellow crew members Andy Brighton and Matt Sharpe.
Three years later he qualified as helm on the inshore lifeboat and in 2022 he received his Queen’s Jubilee medal.

Station manager Barry Brown said: ‘Aden was a hardworking and dedicated volunteer for the RNLI, he will be missed by his crew mates but we wish him every success over in Australia.’

Aden, a father of two, who works as a mechanical fitter for a mine said his most memorable shout during his time as a volunteer was a search for a missing diver which took place over night. He said: ‘although it wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for we knew we had done everything we could to try and find him.’

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]


Aden Welford centre, with fellow crew members Andy Brighton and Matt Sharpe.


Aden Welford on the inshore lifeboat.


Aden Welford receiving his Queen's Jubilee medal from DLA Mick Clamp

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