honoured during Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station's AGM
RNLI's new deputy launch authority has been honoured during the
lifeboat station's annual open meeting.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes thanked
the recently-appointed Deputy Launch Authority Matt Davies for
his dedication to the service by handing him the newly-introduced
Operations Manager's Award for the most effort for the station.
Matt was a founder member of BARB and transferred
to the RNLI when it started its lifeboat service at Burnham in
2003. He had served loyally as a mechanic, tractor driver and
boat crew since then, despite various severe health difficulties
over the years.
Ricky said of Matt: "He has never once complained
and has turned up for training when perhaps he should have been
staying at home resting. When I asked him to become a member of
the launch team, his reply was typical, and he said 'I will do
whatever is needed of me'."
Ricky went on to outline how 2012 had been a fairly
busy year with some very testing incidents and the crew had come
through with a lot of credit, including the heart-rending incident
when Dylan Cecil came to grief at the town's jetty.
During the evening, guest speaker Squadron Leader
Hugh Pearce from RAF Chivenor talked about the helicopter service's
capabilities and recent operations.
meeting also heard from Chairman Graham Wills, Community Fundraising
manager Frances Warren and education officer Tony Deahl.