Troon RNLI volunteer receives long service award for 30 years RNLI service
Last night (Monday 28 October 2019) our Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond presented Deputy Launching Authority Gary Pringle with the bar to his long service badge in recognition of his 30 years of voluntary service to the RNLI.
Gary joined Troon RNLI lifeboat station in 1989 and initially volunteered aboard the stations Arun class lifeboat
RNLB City of Glasgow III as a crew member and navigator before being appointed as Deputy 2nd Coxswain.
With the arrival of the stations current lifeboats in 2004, Gary continued as Deputy 2nd Coxswain aboard the current Trent all weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat and also became a helmsman aboard the stations first D class inshore lifeboat. Gary retired from the crew in 2018 and took up a shore based role as Deputy Launching Authority responsible for authorising the launch of the stations inshore and all-weather lifeboats.
During his time with the RNLI , former Air Traffic Controller Gary was also a full time helmsman at London’s Tower Lifeboat Station, the RNLIs busiest lifeboat station, where he served aboard the stations E class lifeboats covering the River Thames between Barking Creek and Battersea.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said, ‘After volunteering for 30 years and currently serving as a Deputy Launching Authority within Troon RNLI Lifeboat Station, Gary is dedicated to the cause of saving lives at sea and we are extremely grateful for his many years of voluntary service to the RNLI. I am delighted to present Gary with his 30 year long service award which is extremely well deserved.’
Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.