Steve has left Cowes after being appointed a project manager with British Airways at Heathrow.
He first joined the-then independent Cowes lifeboat in December 2006, helping with fund-raising and becoming a boson’s assistant. When in 2008 the lifeboat operation transferred to the RNLI he initially continued as a crew member on the station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat and then, together with Paul Brace, was made joint station mechanic.
In addition he took on education and visitor roles, during which the station hosted the Island’s first Storm Force days for young supporters of the RNLI.
Although now living well away from the sea, in Kingston, Steve was determined to continue having a hands-on link with the charity. As a result he has transferred to one of the four RNLI lifeboat stations on the River Thames, at Teddington, which operates two D-class lifeboats. He is now hoping to become one of the station’s deputy launching authorities.
The ‘spanner’ was made by Patrick Moreton, who runs a Cowes boatyard and is one of the station’s helms. Steve is pictured (right) receiving the unusual memento from lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell. Later Steve hosted a farewell party for station members at a local public house.