MEMBERS of the RNLI crew in Lyme Regis and their families and friends got together at the town’s Powerboat Club for the traditional end of season party and for presentations to former volunteers.

Ritchie Durrant received an award for seven years' service as a member of the crew. He is the nephew of former crew member Dave Street and current helm Brian Street. Ritchie completed part of his Duke of Edinburgh's award with the lifeboat at the age of 14 before signing up as volunteer crew at 17. He said: “It is the best thing I have ever done and I miss it tremendously. You learn so much from the other members of the crew and there is something about the respect you gain for the sea.”

Local builder Dave Street received his award for 24 years' service, 14 of which were as helm. 

During his service with Lyme Regis RNLI the lifeboat rescued 74 people.

Outgoing Lifeboat Management Group Chairman John Dover received an award for nearly nine years' service, first as lifeboat treasurer, then Deputy Launching Authority and finally chairman of the LMG. A letter from the RNLI’s Operations Director George Rawlinson, referred to Mr Dover’s ‘time, commitment and sheer hard work.’