Long service award for lifeboatman

A LIFEBOATMAN who has served on the crew at Bridlington for 20 years is to receive a long service award.

Mark Crozier, 48, whose son Luke is also a crew member on Bridlington Lifeboat, has been involved in countless rescues both with the inshore and offshore lifeboat.

His most recent call-out was on Saturday to a man and his 10-year-old son who had got into trouble kayaking off Barmston. The inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit found the boy in the water clinging to his father’s boat, with his father struggling to make headway against the wind.

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The pair, from Strensall, near York, were rescued and landed on the beach by Windsor Spirit, while the offshore boat, Marine Engineer, with Mr Crozier on board, went to find the youngster’s kayak which had drifted off and was eventually found a mile and a half away.

Mr Crozier said: “I enjoy the craic with the lads. You get a bit of excitement and the adrenaline kicks in every now and again. You are helping save people’s lives and learning different skills at sea.”

Coxswain Stewart McKie said of Mr Crozier: “He’s got a good sense of humour and fits in well.”