Lifeboat volunteer presented with long service award

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2014

Lifeboat operations manage Pete Holder, the Duke of Kent and deputy launching authority Richard Spindler. (Picture: Neil Phillips).

Lifeboat operations manage Pete Holder, the Duke of Kent and deputy launching authority Richard Spindler. (Picture: Neil Phillips).

Neil Phillips Photography

A VOLUNTEER for Weston's RNLI has been presented with a long service badge by the Duke of Kent in recognition of nearly 50 years' dedicated service.

Deputy launching authority Richard Spindler began work with the lifesaving charity when he was aged 10 and was allowed to polish the brass on the old lifeboat Fifi and Charles.

He joined the crew when he turned 17 and was sacked from his first job as a car mechanic for going out on a shout.

Whilst on the crew he was the swimmer, and therefore the only member to wear a wetsuit.

In this capacity, he has been given awards for several dangerous rescues, including the Thanks of the RNLI on Vellum, the Ralph Glister Award and the Royal Humane Society Testimonial.

RNLI spokesman Glyn Hayes said: “He finds the RNLI is a drug. He hates it even if he misses one call.

“He has no second thoughts about the dedication he has shown. He is 100 per cent sure that in the RNLI you are doing the right thing.

“He is a highly-regarded member of the crew, for whom nothing is too much bother, and he is also greatly involved with the scout movement locally, sacrificing much of his time for the youth of Weston.

“He is a true ambassador for the station, and were it not for his age, he would have made an excellent successor to (retiring Operations Manager) Pete Holder.”

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