20-year service medal for Norfolk grandfather

Robert Frost, right, picks up his 20-year service medal from Chris Enright - Divisional Commander So

Robert Frost, right, picks up his 20-year service medal from Chris Enright - Divisional Commander South East. - Credit: Archant

The station officer with the Hunstanton Coastguard rescue team has received a 20-year service medal, but has no plans to quit just yet.

Robert Frost, 62, joined Hunstanton Coastguard in 1995 as a coastal rescue officer, became deputy station officer 10 years ago, and has been station officer for five years.

The grandfather of three, who lives with wife Julie in Burma Close, Dersingham, said: 'I don't know where the 20 years has gone. I joined because I wanted to put a bit back into the community. I have always lived near the coast. It snowballed from there really.

'I never intended to serve 20 years. I don't want to give up now, but I cannot see myself doing 40 years, as one man did in Cromer.'

Coastguards are volunteers with full-time jobs and are on call 24 hours each day. Mr Frost said the highlight of his 20-years service was in August 2005. He said: 'I was still a DSO then and we got a call to a suicidal woman at the Great Ouse in Lynn, and we managed to save her. We got commendations and certificates from the chief coastguard.

'We get a lot of call-outs to kite surfers, lost children, people missing, or someone breaking a leg.'

On Thursday, the Hunstanton Coastguard was called out to a marker buoy being washed up on Snettisham beach, after breaking loose from its mooring chains due to the high winds.

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Mr Frost, who runs a lawn mower repairs business in Wolferton, received his medal on Thursday evening.

The Hunstanton Coastguard should be an 11-man team but is currently operating with just eight.Interested in becoming a volunteer, call Mr Frost on 07702795794.

Have you put 20 years' service in where you work or volunteer? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk