A century of service at Redcar RNLI.
Two volunteers at Redcar have clocked up one hundred years of RNLI service between them.
Tony later joined the Redcar lifeboat station in the mid-1990s as a sea safety adviser. During his time in this role, he has spoken to hundreds of boat owners and thousands of school children about the dangers of the sea.
Bob joined the Redcar lifeboat station as a crew member before becoming a launching vehicle driver. He is now a deputy launching authority, responsible for the tasking of the lifeboats to incidents. He is also heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the lifeboat station.
Mike Picknett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar, said: 'We are extremely privileged to have Bob and Tony here at Redcar. To complete 50 years of volunteering is outstanding. There's been a lifeboat at Redcar since 1802, so they have both been involved in almost a quarter of the history of lifesaving on this stretch of coast.
'If anyone was to ask me what we look for in our volunteers, I'd just point them in the direction of those two. Their commitment, enthusiasm and dedication are everything that's good about the RNLI.'
Tony and Bob have both received the RNLI's Excellence in Volunteering Award, and will be presented with their 50-year medals in 2020.
Notes to editors:
Attached image shows Tony Jamieson (left) and Bob O'Neill (right) who have both achieved 50 years volunteering with the RNLI. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks. Also attached is an image of the Freja Svea aground at Redcar in February 1993. Credit Teesside Archives/Evening Gazette .
Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
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