Falmouth RNLI says 'goodbye and thank you' to four station stalwarts

  Posted: 12.10.21 at 16:21 by Joseph Macey

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At its most recent crew meeting, Falmouth RNLI said goodbye and thank you to four longstanding volunteers.

Between them, the outgoing crew members have provided over 67 years of service to the station and have been involved in almost 1,000 lifeboat shouts.

Two of the station’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) helms, Neil Capper who has volunteered for 12 years, and Tom Telford, who served almost 10 years, both left the crew at the start of this month.

Alan Rowe left the station back in January, having volunteered for over 29 years.

He started as crew on the ALB and ILB, before going on to become an ALB emergency mechanic in 2003. After a few years away from Falmouth Station, Alan later returned as a deputy launching authority (DLA) before his final role as Falmouth’s lifeboat operations manager (LOM).

Andy Jenkin, who was deputy second coxswain and assistant mechanic for the all-weather lifeboat (ALB), and an ILB helm, left the station in February after 17 years.

At a ceremony during a recent crew meeting, outgoing crew members were thanked and presented with engraved glass tumblers by current Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nick Lewis.

Jonathan Blakeston, Coxswain, Falmouth Lifeboat Station added:

"It’s been a pleasure to work alongside them and they should all be extremely proud of their outstanding contribution to the local community.

"After the past 18 months, it was fantastic for the crew to be able to get together in person, to say goodbye to them all, and wish them well for their next chapters."

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