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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers say farewell to former Senior Helm Nick Edrich

Lifeboats News Release

Last night we gave a fond farewell to our former Senior Helm Nick Edrich, who has retired from service with the Lifeboats here in Burnham after an incredible 26 years of duty.

Image with this release shows Nick being presented with his RNLI helmet (In a special presentation case) by Duty Launch Authority Phil Counsell.

RNLI/Tim Johnson

Image with this release shows Nick being presented with his RNLI helmet (In a special presentation case) by Duty Launch Authority Phil Counsell.

Duty Launch Authority Phil, Senior Helm Jason and other volunteer crew members were in attendance to say a big Thank you to Nick (and of course his wife Faye) who were presented with his old crew helmet and a bunch of flowers in recognition for Faye’s support behind the scenes as well.

Like many of our crew, past and present, Nick came across in from the former Burnham Area Rescue Boat (now BARB Search & Rescue - Burnham-on-Sea hovercraft) in 2003 when the RNLI established a station here in Burnham, becoming a Helm shortly after moving across.

Present Senior Helm Jason Coombes said; ‘As our senior helm for the last 12+ years Nick has shown exceptional dedication and will be greatly missed by everyone at the station.’

‘He added; ‘A real pleasure to serve alongside you, Many Thanks again, and wishing you and yours all the best for the future.’

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Image with this release shows Nick being presented with his RNLI helmet (In a special presentation case) by Duty Launch Authority Phil Counsell.

File name: Nick_Presentation (RNLI/Tim Johnson)

RNLI Lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea

A 8.5m Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

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