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Swanage RNLI welcomes back volunteer who has already given 50 years service!

Lifeboats News Release

We are welcoming back long standing RNLI volunteer, Dave Corben, who has just been appointed Chairman of Swanage Lifeboat Station.

Dave Corben receiving his service certificate from John Whybrow, following his last voluntary role as Deputy Launch Authority

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Dave Corben receiving his service certificate from John Whybrow
Dave had a distinguished 35 years of service as lifeboat crew member and latterly 15 years as a Deputy Launching Authority.

With 50 years experience already under his belt, Dave is the perfect candidate to take on this role, already having so much knowledge about the station and the many fundraising events.

Dave is a Senior Partner in the family run firm of Corbens Estate Agents and Surveyors. Dave wholeheartedly believes in giving as much time and energy to helping charitable organisations in the community as possible.

At the age of 17 Dave joined the Coastguard Marine Cliff Rescue Team, a couple of years later he became a member of the Swanage lifeboat crew and is one of the RNLI’s longest serving crew members in the country.

Dave is also a founder member of the Swanage Community Defibrillator Group which in the 8 years since inception has raised considerable funds that has enabled the placing of 36 defibrillators throughout the Isle of Purbeck.

Swanage RNLI is set for a busy year, with a number of trainees working through their crew training plans and preparations already underway for Swanage Lifeboat Week - 11th to 20th August 2023. We are grateful for Dave's dedicated support of our station.

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of Dave Corben receiving his service certificate from RNLI Council Member John Whybrow. Credit Roydon Woodford.

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