Honour for dedicated Redcar RNLI volunteer

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Dave Holgate (left) receives his award from Charles Hunter-Pease, Chairman of the RNLI

A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer from Redcar was one of more than 50 dedicated supporters of the lifesaving charity honoured at its regional awards ceremony at York Racecourse on Sunday (28 June).

Dave Holgate, a member of the Redcar lifeboat station, was awarded a bar to his Gold Medal. He has been volunteering for the RNLI since 1984 as a deputy launching authority, playing a vital role in approving the launch of lifeboats at Redcar.

The awards were presented by RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, who praised the dedication and commitment of the charity’s volunteers and told the awardees the ceremony was ‘a celebration of the difference that you have all made to the lives of others.’

He added: ‘At our 33 lifeboat stations here in the north of England, our volunteers launched over 1,000 times in 2014, while our lifeguards helped over 2,300 people.

It all adds up to an extraordinary achievement for our lifesavers – and a life-changing moment for every single person they brought to safety.

‘Meanwhile our fundraisers in the UK and Ireland made a massive contribution of their own – £58 million in fundraised voluntary income last year. Our incredibly supportive donors parted with their own money to support and save people they will probably never meet. And our dedicated volunteers gave up their time to raise awareness, raise funds and head to the rescue.’

Dave Holgate said: ‘I was absolutely thrilled to receive the bar to my RNLI Gold Badge at the ceremony in York and had a wonderful day. It was a great honour, although like all RNLI volunteers I don’t expect recognition or awards for the fundraising work I do. It’s been a privilege to be part of the team at Redcar lifeboat station.’

At the ceremony, Hannah Brankling, RNLI Area Manager, said: ‘David has provided invaluable support and, on occasion, guidance to a number of station honorary secretaries and lifeboat operations managers in his long period of volunteering at Redcar lifeboat station.

‘His professional maritime background, excellent local knowledge and no-nonsense approach has been a huge asset to Redcar lifeboat station, ever ready to offer advice he is held in high regard by the volunteer crew and station officials.’

Latest Rescue

16:08 Saturday 20 June 2015

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Redcar RNLI rescue jetski rider

The maiden voyage of a newly-purchased personal water craft (PWC) ended with its rider being rescued by the Redcar RNLI lifeboat on Saturday 20 June 2015.

The rider, a man from the South Bank area near Middlebrough, was taking the PWC – commonly known as a jetski – for its first outing when it capsized near the Teesside Wind Farm, off Redcar. Seawater entered the engine and electrics, disabling the craft.

The rider then drifted for nearly two hours without any means of raising the alarm, before a member of the public dialled 999 to UK Coastguard.

The lifeboat launched at around 4.15pm and found the man 10 minutes later. He was taken aboard the lifeboat and was brought back to Redcar with his craft being towed behind the lifeboat.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said: ‘The rider was taking the craft out for the first time after buying it 24 hours earlier.

‘Unfortunately he capsized near the windfarm, and while trying to right the craft water got into the engine. He didn’t have a VHF radio or flares, or even a mobile phone with him to raise the alarm.

‘He told the lifeboat crew he’d been drifting for nearly two hours. Fortunately a member of the public saw him as he drifted closer and closer to the South Gare and called UK Coastguard.

‘He later told coastguard officers that he’d taken in a bit of water during his mishap so he was given appropriate medical advice.’

#believe

An unashamedly partisan shout out for Middlebrough, our local football team, who play Norwich in the play-off final at Wembley next Monday to decide which team is promoted to the Premier League! Come on Boro!!believe1

Sweet fundraising idea!

cakes2cakes1The great children from St Paulinus School Guisborough are selling cakes to raise money for #RedcarRNLI tomorrow after school.

Some of the children visited us at the lifeboat station recently, and had a great time learning about the work of the #RNLI.

Even the teachers have been baking!