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RNLI Lyme Regis crew leavers honoured at the station's summer family party

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew, their families and friends enjoyed an end-of-summer party at Lyme Regis Powerboat Club last Saturday (9 September).

Kyle Knight being presented with service award from LOM Lyme Regis Mark Colley

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Kyle Knight presented with RNLI service award by LOM Mark Colley

In glorious weather the crew’s children were entertained by a magician whilst all guests enjoyed a sumptuous buffet supper. The opportunity was also taken to present leaving mementoes and Letters of Thanks from the lifesaving charity to two volunteer crew members who have recently stepped down after a number of years on the lifeboat.

Rich Tilley volunteered as lifeboat crew between 2017 and 2022. During his service he went to sea on 50 service calls and 67 training exercises spending a total of 155 hours at sea.

Kyle Knight’s lifeboat career covered the years 2019 to 2022. During this period he logged 115 hours at sea including 11 service calls and 72 training sessions.

In presenting the awards Lifeboat Operations Manager Mark Colley said, ‘Rich and Kyle can be justly proud of what they have achieved during their RNLI service. We are grateful for all the effort they put in during training, on shouts and in supporting the charity both on and off the lifeboat.’

RNLI Lyme Regis currently has 17 sea-going crew members of whom five are training to advance their skills under the two-tier training system recently adopted by the RNLI.

Crewman Rich Tilley is presented with his RNLI service award from LOM Lyme Regis Mark Colley

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Rich Tilley receiving his RNLI service award from LOM Lyme Regis Mark Colley

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