Dunbar Lifeboat loses outstanding servant in Noel

former Dunbar RNLI coxswain Noel Wight.
former Dunbar RNLI coxswain Noel Wight.

One of Scotland’s best known lifeboatmen, former Dunbar coxswain Noel Wight, has died at the age of 66.

Noel gave 48 years of service to the town’s RNLI station in various capacities, 22 years as coxswain.

Dunbar RNLI Station Chairman, Mark Lees said: “Noel was an absolutely outstanding servant to the lifeboat, both in Dunbar, and nationally.

“He has saved the lives of many people and touched the lives of countless more. He knew everybody and was known by everyone and always would stop to talk and ask how things were.

“I can’t imagine the lifeboat or the harbour without Noel.

“It was Noel who led the change at the Dunbar lifeboat station from a crew composed entirely of fishermen to a much more diverse membership, whilst never letting the standards slip.

“It is through Noel’s leadership that we still have a very effective lifeboat station in Dunbar today and he has left a fantastic legacy for the current crew.”

Noel was a depute launch authority at the station and a key member of the management team at the time of his death in Belhaven Hospital after a period of illness.

As well as his work with the RNLI Noel was also a successful fishing boat skipper and owned several vessels including the classic Scottish wooden boats Penorva, Provider and Rose.

Later he owned the smaller but more modern Aquarius. All of these were very successful under his tenure.

Noel lived in Countess Road, Dunbar and he is survived by his second wife Caroline and three children.