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RNLI volunteer steps down after 46 years

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 7 April 2018 volunteers past and present from St Bees RNLI, and their colleagues from Workington and Silloth, came to Harrington Sailing & Fishing Club to see RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Saul Mendelssohn present RNLI volunteer Captain Leon Goldwater with his Certificate of Service.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Saul Mendelssohn presenting RNLI volunteer Captain Leon Goldwater with his Certificate of Service

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RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Saul Mendelssohn presenting RNLI volunteer Captain Leon Goldwater with his Certificate of Service.

Before Leon was presented with his certificate, former helm Ian McDowell who took over from him as Honorary Secretary (Hon. Sec. now called Lifeboat Operations Manager) in 2001, talked in glowing terms about Leon’s leadership, how he ran a tight ship and the many great times and laughs they had shared over the years.

Leon started his career as a volunteer in 1970 with Hartlepool RNLI, joining St Bees RNLI two years later when his work brought him over to the West Coast. Before taking a shore-based job, Leon had spent many years at sea during which time he gained his Master Mariner Certificate. In 1974 the position of Hon. Sec was needed at St Bees, and Captain Goldwater was well qualified to take on the role. As well as being responsible for the lifeboat and crew, he was also responsible for the day-to-day running of the station. Leon continued in this role until 2001. Although he had stood down from overall command, Leon remained at St Bees as the lifeboat press officer until 2014 - a position he had held since 1973.

Even after retiring Leon still liked to keep a firm hand on the tiller and in 2007 he became Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group, overseeing many changes at the station until 2016. After 40 years volunteering with the RNLI Leon was made an Honorary Life Governor in 2010.

Everyone at St Bees RNLI and all those that have volunteered with him over the years would like to thank Leon for all the hard work and the many hours he has put in to make sure St Bees RNLI have played their part in saving lives at sea.

RNLI media contacts For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk
Leon Goldwater thanking everyone.

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Leon Goldwater thanking everyone.
Former and current crew members admiring the award

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Admiring the award.
Having a catch up with the crew

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Having a catch up with the crew
Team photo

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Team photo

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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