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Sumner Lifeboat crew are all volunteers. They could be called out at any time of day or night and receive no pay. As locals, they choose to make a big commitment to their community.
Currently there are about 35 volunteer crew. They cover all ranges of experience, from trainees through to skippers and veterans of many rescues, and all ages – from students to retirees.
Sumner Lifeboat is a family affair. Active senior crew member Heather McDonald has been in lifeboat service over 25 years, whilst her father Peter has given over forty years service to Sumner Lifeboat. Currently on active crew we also have father and son Dave and Finley Passmore, and husband and wife Patrice and Yvonne de Beer.
As part of their commitment to Sumner Lifeboat Institution and Coastguard, crew undertake regular theory and practical training – read more about what training involves.
Sumner Lifeboat Institution presented Service Awards recently to the following volunteer crew members.
|Sumner Lifeboat Service Awards|
|Silver Blue Arrow Rescue (10 years):|
Silver Blue Arrow Rescue (15 years):
Silver Blue Arrow Rescue (20 years):
Gold Medal (25 years):
|Sam Bradley, Peter Marshall
|Coastguard Service Awards|
|Red Bar (3 years): |
Red Bar (5 years):
Blue Bar (10 years):
Gold Bar (15 years):
Silver Bar (20 years):