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Six of Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crew receive a Medical Director Commendation.

Lifeboats News Release

A visit to the station from Rob Aggas who is the Senior Operation Manager for the RNLI provided a perfect opportunity to present certificates to the six volunteers as the majority of the crew were in attendance.

Five crew members holding their certificates

RNLI/Stephen Burton

L-R Paul Ionescu, Maz Critchley, Jason Parrott, Wayne Goldfinch and Tim Burrell-Saward

Rob Aggas was at the station to discuss with the crew the timetable for the class conversion training as the current Trent class Esme Anderson is to be replaced later in the year with a Tamar class Diamond Jubilee.

As most of the crew including the support teams were in attendance, it was a rare opportunity to make a presentation of a Medical Director Commendation by the station Chairman Eric Burton,to the following volunteer crew, in no particular order, Paul Ionescu, Tim Burrell-Saward, Jason Parrott, Wayne Goldfinch, Maz Critchley and Josh Mace, who sadly was not present so his award was collected by his father ,Phill Mace.

The details of the commendation referred back to an incident that occurred in late March 2022 and was to acknowledge their exceptional delivery of casualty care providing aid to a person who had entered the water to save his dog, and then sadly lost his own life in the attempt.

The Commendation sums up with these words, ‘Although the outcome was not successful, this does not detract from the professionalism shown by yourselves and the rest of the crew who put all their training into action.

Your determination and commitment to delivering excellent casualty care and saving lives at sea is recognised and truly represent the values of the RNLI. ‘

Coxswain Ian Cannon said, ‘ This was a perfect example of a situation when all of our training came into use. The RNLI provide exceptional training so it becomes second nature for our crew to react correctly in any given circumstance. The Station is proud of all its volunteer crew but it’s very special when a Commendation is given out.’

Karen Cox Lifeboat Press Officer Tel. 07779848431 Email [email protected]

Paul Dunt. RNLIRegional Media Officer London and the South East. tel 07785296252 email [email protected].

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