2 members of Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team have been recognised for their years of dedication to saving lives on the Isle of Wight.
Certificates were handed out by Tom Wright, Area Commander for Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at a formal presentation evening at Brading Haven Yacht Club on Friday evening.
Friends, family and colleagues – both past and present – gathered.
Martin Groom, Station Officer for Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team has been awarded a 1st Clasp to his Long Service and Good Conduct medal for a total of 30 years of service. Martin joined HM Coastguard back in 1985 and has been keeping watch and responding to incidents ever since.
Derek Sothcott joined the Coastguard on 22nd January 1977 and served for a staggering 38 years before retiring in 2015. He was presented with a Valedictory Certificate at Friday night’s ceremony. Former colleagues also presented a folder highlighting some of Derek’s career highlights which included at least 634 training events and 353 causalities/callouts – but the figures are known to be higher as records didn’t begin until the mid 1980’s.
Her Majesty’s Coastguard Rescue Service is made up of 352 teams located near the coast in stations around the UK, including Bembridge, Ventnor and The Needles. The teams are made up of Coastguard Rescue Officers (CROs) who are volunteers trained to carry out rope, mud and water rescues and provide assistance to those in distress on the UK’s coastline.