Top award for new Dunbar lifeboat volunteer Gary

Lifeboat presentation
Lifeboat presentation

Dunbar’s newest RNLI lifeboat volunteer has won the station’s award for the most outstanding contribution over the last year.

Gary Crowe was presented with the Ivor McPhillips Memorial Trophy at the station’s annual meeting last week.

Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said the award was presented to Gary Crowe because of the huge commitment he had shown to the service in the relatively short time since he joined.

“He has completed several courses, rarely missed an exercise and made a huge contribution to a service that saved a local fisherman’s life.

“Everyone on the team has been greatly impressed by young Gary’s contribution so Gary Crowe, a local joiner, said he had enjoyed an amazing first year with the Dunbar RNLI crew.

“I can’t believe how much I learnt in the last year and how well I seem to have fitted in with a great bunch of people. I really am living the dream.”

Earlier this year Gary featured in a BBC television programme about new recruits to the emergency services which included dramatic footage of his part in the fisherman’s rescue caught on the lifeboat’s cameras.

The trophy was donated to the station by the family of the late Ivor McPhillips who made an outstanding contribution to the station over 33 years in many roles including hon. secretary and president.