Over the last few months our station has received awards for bravery for crew members and long service awards for fundraisers.
RNLI recognize two rescues on 21st June 2014 – A letter of appreciation was received from the Head of Community Lifesaving Delivery. The two incidents on the same day covered a rescue of a small yacht that had lost power and steering with 4 people and dog on board and was in severe danger of founding on on a breakwater. The second incident involved the rescue of two teenage girls who were swimming and caught in a rip current. The girls were in the water, clinging desperately to the rocks of the Perch Rock breakwater and in a very distressed state. Snr Helm Dave Lowe took the lifeboat to the seaward side and put Crewman Mike Plaskett went into the water to safeguard and reassure the girls and help with transferring them onto the lifeboat. It was difficult to see and maintain position beam on to the breakwater with the choppy sea which was causing the lifeboat to rise and and fall significantly. With difficulty we managed to haul the girls on board one at a time then recovered Mike.
RSPCA Bronze Bravery Award – presented at The RSPCA Honours Award Ceremony in The Law Society buildings in London, on Saturday 16th May. This referred to an incident on 24th February this year when the lifeboat launched in dangerous seas to the rescue of a small dog. Dave Lowe and crew succeeded in rescuing the distressed animal and got it to shore unfortunately it did not survive. The crew put their lives on the line not just because they are animal lovers but their was a significant risk of humans being willing to go into the dangerous sea to attempt rescue. Had they done so their survival would also be in doubt.
RNLI Gold Badges awarded for 50+ years dedicated fundraising for New Brighton – without the support of our fundraisers our crews could not do what they do. New Brighton lifeboat Chairman Tony Jones presented the RNLI’s Gold Badge award and Certificate of Thanks to Rita Richards & Selby Williams, both veteran fundraisers, in recognition of their dedication and support to the lifesaving charity. Both are members of the New Brighton Lifeboat Fundraising Branch, previously known as the Wallasey Ladies Lifeboat Guild, who are dedicated to raising funds for the New Brighton lifeboat station through activities like collections and coffee mornings.