Members of Cowes RNLI said bon voyage to Deputy Launching Authority Sandy Steen on Thursday night as he stood down from the crew after 6 years.
Sandy joined the band of volunteers after retiring from business on the mainland and returning to the Isle of Wight. Since he joined the crew he has been an important part of the management team, the same team that brought the new RNLI station up to full operational integration within the RNLI methods of training and launching for rescues.
Mr Steen of Cowes is no stranger to the waters around the Island as he grew up in Gurnard and his father was a Trinity House Pilot.
As he handed in his pager and key, the station’s crew presented Sandy with a framed Nick Edwards photograph of Sheena Louise with the Round the Island boats in the background.
A spokesperson for the crew has said:
“His [Sandy’s] quiet, calm, professional manner will be remembered with fondness by the crew”.