RNLI crew members pay tribute to their retired helmsman

Members of the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat crew were finally able to honor their now retired coxswain Robin Castle MBE with a presentation to mark his 40 years of service to Sheerness.

Past and present members of the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat crew turned out in force at the Abbey Hotel, Minster on Saturday July 2 to pay their respects to Robin, who has retired as a full-time helmsman at the station rescue from Sheerness RNLI last year.

Area rescue managers Neil Withers and Jason Carrol were on hand to present certificates of thanks to inshore rescue crew members Andy Barnes, Jason Strudwick and Lucas Rodgers for their ‘saved’ rescue of a man in the water off Sheerness last year and RNLI service recognition certificates to former crew members Jason and Kerry.

The ‘main event’ began with a brief overview by Neil Withers of Robin’s illustrious service to the RNLI in Sheerness which, in addition to his MBE, includes awards for bravery, certificates of thanks and Freeman from the Borough of Sheppey, among others. In his 40 years of service, Robin has attended over 650 calls and many lives have been saved.

To show their appreciation on behalf of all the crew, past and present coxswain Paul Jarvis, second coxswain Clive Hancock and ALM Neil Withers presented Robin with an RNLI Long Service Medal, a Certificate of thanks from John Payne, Head of Lifesaving Services at the RNLI, an original framed painting by artist Ralph Curnow, a watch from Elliot Brown Ltd of Poole, who after hearing of Robin’s ‘feats’ donated it FOC and finally an album of photos taken throughout its 40 years of service.

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