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Longhope RNLI celebrates coxswain pass out

Lifeboats News Release

Scott Johnston successfully passed out as Longhope RNLI’s Coxswain on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

Mary Harris

Scott Johnston pictured in his RNLI crew kit.
On Tuesday 29 August, Scott Johnston complete his final assessment with RNLI Assessor Trainer, David Orr, after months of hard work and quiet determination, meaning he is the new coxswain for Longhope RNLI.

Scott is following on from a remarkable family line of deeply respected Longhope lifeboatmen, with his great grandfather, Robert Johnston, being a mechanic, and his grandfather, James Johnston, as second coxswain. Scott's great uncle, Robert Johnston junior was also a crew member.

The family line goes back even further through the generations to Longhope RNLI's first coxswain, Benjamin Stout (1874-1900).

A spokesperson for Longhope RNLI says: 'We would like to say a huge thank you to Scott for taking on this essential role for Longhope RNLI lifeboat and to offer our massive congratulations. We are very proud of him.

'We'd also like to thank our volunteer crew, deputy coxswains and mechanics for supporting Scott during his training period, and also Regional Resilience Coxswain, Darren Harcus, for stepping in when necessary, and to David Orr for his valuable guidance.'

Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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