Long serving Lyme lifeboat volunteers recognised

PUBLISHED: 15:01 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 11 December 2018

Lyme lifeboat crew members rescued  by their colleagues (L to r) Rich Tilley, Tom Crabbe (helm for the rescue),Elliott Herbert, Murray Saunders. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Lyme lifeboat crew members rescued by their colleagues (L to r) Rich Tilley, Tom Crabbe (helm for the rescue),Elliott Herbert, Murray Saunders. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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And a special award goes to three crew members who were rescued by their own colleagues

Thirty years an RNLI volunteer, postman Andrew Rice receives his award from Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINThirty years an RNLI volunteer, postman Andrew Rice receives his award from Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Four members of Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew, who have clocked up 90 years service between them – have received awards.

At a party in the Harbour Inn presentations were made to volunteers Andrew Rice, (30 years) and Lance Taylor, Brian Street, Tim Edwards (all 20 years).

Senior helm, Mr Edwards was also voted crew member of the year by his colleagues.

Somewhat less serious presentations were the Bent Propeller Trophy ‘won’ by Mark Colley and the Man Overboard award to John Rickard.

Crew member of the year, Tim Edwards with his award from Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINCrew member of the year, Tim Edwards with his award from Nick Marks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

A special award – a photograph of the event – went to three members of the crew who were rescued by their own colleagues in August.

An onlooker ashore thought kite surfers Elliott Herbert, Murray Saunders and Rich Tilley were in difficulties when the wind dropped a mile off Charmouth and called for help.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks told the gathering that 2018 had a been a successful year with almost 40 ‘shouts’ , around twice the total for the previous year. More trainees had joined and the crew never once missed a launch because of a shortage of volunteers.

He added: ”We have a very good team and we can take pride in having done our job pretty well.”

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