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Walton & Frinton RNLI honour retiring crew members

Lifeboats News Release

This week saw the retirement of four crew at Walton and Frinton station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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Walton & Frinton Station Coxswain Trevor Hall who is retiring after 44years.

The most senior of those to retire was Trevor Halls, who had served 44 years as a launcher, crew member and, since 2015, as Station Coxswain.

The Halls family have been part of the crew at the station since its founding in 1884 with Trevor joining his father Derek on several shouts in the past.

Also retiring is Russell Bettany who has served as launcher and crew since 1981.

Russell was well known in the town for his unflappable style and dry sense of humour, qualities which proved invaluable on many long and arduous shouts.

Russell’s son Sam Bettany will also be hanging up his wellies after serving eight years as crew and shore crew. During his time Sam has joined his father on several shouts and been an invaluable member of the team.

Retiring as well is John Hale. John joined the crew 14 years ago when semi-retiring after a long career in the City of London meant he had more time to give.

John’s experience in yacht racing brought a different set of skills to the team on the lifeboat and an empathy which was really appreciated by the skippers of vessels they assisted.

Commenting on the retirements, Walton & Frinton station 2nd Coxswain, Simon Berry said: ‘All four will be a great loss to the station and the RNLI. ‘

We have had some great times together and their individual qualities and mix of skills will be missed on board during service calls and training.’

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

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Walton & Frinton crew member Russell Bettany, retiring after 42 years.

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Walton & Frinton crew member John Hale, retiring after 14 years service.

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Crew member Sam Bettany, retiring after 8 years service at Walton & Frinton station.

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