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Spirit of Fowey awards for two RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Two volunteer Fowey lifeboat crew members, Jimmy Hoddinott and Luke Watts, were each given a Spirit of Fowey Award at the annual Mayor Making Ceremony held in Fowey Town Hall on Wednesday May 24.

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Jimmy Hoddinott

Jimmy Hoddinott was given a Spirit of Fowey Inspiration Award by the Mayor of Fowey, Councillor Lynn Simms. Jimmy, who is a deputy coxswain with over 23 years of service in Fowey RNLI, was presented the award, not for his services on the lifeboat, but for an inspirational act on land. It is an award that is only given out in exceptional circumstances. Councillor Simms said: ‘This award is presented to Jimmy for his exemplary actions in dealing with a life-threatening emergency involving a 14 year old who had a cardiac arrest. In addition, he organised a trauma debrief for the children who witnessed the incident. I have no hesitation in making this award.’

Luke, known to his friends as Boris, joined Fowey RNLI in December 2020 and was given a Spirit of Fowey Volunteer Award. Councillor Simms said: ‘This award is being made to Luke for his outstanding dedication to his rôle as an RNLI crew member and navigator for Fowey lifeboats. His achievements in training have been impressive, having qualified in record time. It is for his perseverance and commitment to the RNLI that I have no hesitation in making this award.’

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Luke 'Boris' Watts

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Jimmy's award

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Luke's award

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