Publican calls time on RNLI role

PUBLISHED: 06:59 27 April 2015

Lifeboat Neville Causley. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

Lifeboat Neville Causley. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

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Axminster landlord retires from Lyme lifeboat crew after 25 years of dedicated service

Neville Causley behind the bar at The Hunters Lodge Inn.  Photo RICHARD HOROBINNeville Causley behind the bar at The Hunters Lodge Inn. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

One of the longest-serving members of the RNLI team at Lyme Regis has been forced to retire - so that he can concentrate on running his successful Axminster pub.

Neville Causley, 46, is landlord of the Hunters Lodge Inn, at Raymonds Hill, and has been involved with the lifeboat for more than 25 years.

“When I was 12, living in Lyme Regis, I would hear the maroons being fired and rush upstairs to the loft window to watch the lifeboat being launched,” he said. “I knew then that I wanted to join the lifeboat crew.”

Neville joined the crew as a launcher, but never became a full sea-going crew member because he has always worn glasses.

As the station’s main radio operator, he was on duty non-stop for more than 16 hours during a massive search in 1995 for three anglers who drowned when their powerboat sank.

He recalled: “I just couldn’t stop working on that occasion, like many others involved in the search. Relatives of the men were waiting desperately for news so we all had to keep going.

“The lifeboat and all my volunteer friends have been a massive part of my life, but I simply can’t give the RNLI the necessary commitment any more.”

Neville has been landlord of the Hunters Lodge Inn for the past 12 years and runs the pub with wife Sarah.

The couple have two sons, Harvey, 16, and Jake, 18.

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