Dunbar crew's bravery is rewarded

DUNBAR'S lifeboat crew were presented with a special award for exceptional bravery by the RNLI at the charity's Scottish Annual Meeting in Perth last week.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th June 2010, 4:58 pm

Dunbar RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members Stuart Pirie, Kevin Keillor, Brian Cleator, John Watt and mechanic Kenny Peters each received Medal Service Certificates for the vital contribution they made during the rescue of two people from the stricken Yacht Ouhm on the night of May 15, 2009, in severe gale force nine conditions that knocked the lifeboat onto her side.

The awards were presented by Admiral The Lord Boyce, Chairman of the RNLI.

Dunbar Coxswain Gary Fairbairn who was honoured with a Bronze Medal for Gallantry by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for his part in this rescue, also attended the ceremony.

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Gary presented a RNLI Honorary Awards to around 50 volunteers and four fundraising groups from Scotland in recognition of their outstanding support to the charity.

The RNLI's new chief executive Paul Boissier also attended the ceremony which is part of an age-old tradition recognising the invaluable commitment of the lifesaving charity's volunteers.

Admiral The Lord Boyce, chairman of the RNLI said: "I am very proud to be presenting Dunbar lifeboat crew with their awards - they are people who embody everything the RNLI stands for. Their leadership, courage and exceptional seamanship helped to save lives in thoroughly adverse weather and sea conditions.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated volunteer fundraisers and individual and corporate supporters around Scotland, whose tireless efforts do so much towards raising the essential funds needed to train and equip our lifeboat crews. The RNLI is truly grateful for the commitment of our volunteers both at sea and ashore.