Contributions to the RNLI honoured at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 17:26 23 December 2018
The dedicated long service and commitment of lifeboat members has been honoured during a special event.
During the annual RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat station Christmas meal, the achievements of Rodney Wells, Mick Sincola and David Mason were hailed.
Mr Wells, who is an assistant coxswain for the all-weather lifeboat Samarbeta, and helmsman on the inshore relief lifeboat, Pride of Leicester, has been a crew member for 20 years.
And in honouring his dedication he received a gold long service badge.
A spokesman said: “The station is very fortunate in having Rodney as a crew member because in his day job he is a senior paramedic on the East Anglian Air Ambulance.”
Mr Sinacola joined the crew in 1990 and worked his way up to helmsman and mechanic before moving to the Thames lifeboat station at Tower in 2002, in the same capacity.
He returned to Gorleston in 2004 before transferring to a shore mechanics role in 2005. He is a constant visitor to the station and can often be seen working on the Samarbeta lifeboat as Mr Sinacola also received his gold long service badge.
Hailing the “outstanding achievement“ of David Mason, his long service to the station was honoured.
After joining the crew in 1967 Mr Mason worked his way up to be coxswain of Samarbeta when she was named by Princess Alexandra in 1996.
He was awarded the bronze medal and thanks of the institution in 1996 for the rescue of the yacht, Olline, in storm force 11 wind conditions.
In 2004 he stood down as coxswain and took on the role of deputy launching authority, a post he still holds today as he actively assists the crew and station in any way he can.
“David was awarded his 50-year bar to his long service badge, which is an outstanding achievement,” the spokesman said.
The president of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat station, Jim Carter, chairman, Rev Albert Cadmore, lifeboat operations manager, Lindsey Wigmore and coxswain/mechanic Paddy Lee presented the trio with their “well-deserved awards.”