Earlier this year, 4,500 RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteers and frontline staff were awarded a special commemorative Platinum Jubilee medal in recognition of the many lives that have been saved during the 70-year reign of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In this blog post, we get behind the yellow wellies and speak to three of our very own Milford Marina Operatives who received the special commemorative medal and have taken on the extremely challenging but highly rewarding role of volunteering for the RNLI…
When did you first join the RNLI?
Davey: I first joined the RNLI in February 2013
Gareth: I joined the RNLI back in 2010
Paul: In 2016
What station are you currently volunteering at?
Davey: I am the Deputy Launching Authority and Press Officer at Angle Lifeboat Station
Gareth: Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat Station
Paul: I volunteer at Angle Lifeboat Station
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering with the RNLI?
Davey: It’s all about giving something back for me, as I am a boater myself and also work in a marina environment at Milford Marina. I believe it’s an extremely rewarding role and earlier this year many RNLI volunteers received a special commemorative Platinum Jubilee medal.
Gareth: Volunteering for me is about the importance of saving lives at sea and giving back to the community I live and work in.
Paul: Volunteering with the RNLI is something I’ve always been interested in, I’ve always been around boats so to help the boating community is extremely rewarding.
From your experience volunteering with the RNLI, what is one piece of advice you’d give to berth holders to stay safe on the water?
Davey: Make sure you carry out checks on your boat! Check that everything serviceable is in working order, make sure you have working safety equipment on board and check the weather to ensure suitable conditions before heading out.
Gareth: Always wear a life jacket (a lifejacket not worn is not a lifejacket), and always make sure you have a working VHF radio
Paul: Basic boat maintenance is key, make sure you carry out checks especially if you’re planning a long voyage
Is there anything you’d like to share that people may not know about you or the RNLI?
Davey: There is a volunteer boat crew based on the Milford side of the Milford Haven Waterway. If needed, they’ll be picked up on the Milford side for a “shout” if there isn’t sufficient crew at Angle
Gareth: I’m actually featured in a RNLI ad video!
Paul: I used to work full-time with the RNLI as a navigator and was one of only 2 full-time navigators in the whole of the RNLI at the time
Founded in 1824, the RNLI has been saving lives at sea for nearly 200 years! Want to join the RNLI family and help save lives at sea? Check out the RNLI’s current lifeboat station volunteer opportunities on the RNLI website.