Oban lifeboat’s coxswain retires
John Hill, Oban RNLI lifeboat’s full time Coxswain, has retired after 17 years with the lifesaving charity.
John first joined the RNLI in 1999 as a volunteer crew member at Campbeltown lifeboat station.
He quickly moved on to the role of Navigator and, soon after, became a Deputy Coxswain.
Often covering as a relief Coxswain for nearby stations such as Oban, Tobermory and Mallaig, John was also a Deputy Coxswain for Buckie lifeboat until 2012, when he took on the role as full time Coxswain at Oban lifeboat station.
Answering the pager 24 hours a day, seven days a week, John has attended 134 call outs, covered 2,335 miles and spent 252 hours saving lives at sea as Coxswain of Oban lifeboat.
Now after almost four years, John retires with mixed emotions: ‘Like most crew members at lifeboat stations across the country, I enjoy the buzz of being part of a team and helping others in distress. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of Oban lifeboat and I’ve many happy memories from my time here.’
Although no longer on a full time basis, John won’t be walking away from the RNLI completely: ‘I still plan to carry on on a volunteer basis - both at Buckie lifeboat station and as a relief Coxswain at other stations when needed.’
Everyone at Oban lifeboat station wishes John all the best on his well-deserved retirement.
Our new full time Coxswain will be formally introduced shortly.
Notes to editor:
Attached photo of John Hill.
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