Awards for Gosport and Fareham sea rescue heroes

HEROES Back row, John Lee, Mike Allen, Chris Rudd, Ian Sweet, Steve Hobbs, and Bob Needham. Front row, Tom Keogh, Joanne Young, and Brian Pack.   Picture: Dave Young
HEROES Back row, John Lee, Mike Allen, Chris Rudd, Ian Sweet, Steve Hobbs, and Bob Needham. Front row, Tom Keogh, Joanne Young, and Brian Pack. Picture: Dave Young
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LIFESAVING volunteers have been honoured for their hard work keeping the Solent safe.

Nine members of the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service were given awards by the Royal Lifesaving Society.

So far this year the crew has been called out on more than 100 search and rescue missions, given safety talks at schools and trained new lifeguards.

GAFIRS chairman Peter Brown said: ‘Our lifesavers and lifeboat crews are delighted to be recognised and rewarded by the RLS.

‘They have worked tirelessly to deliver water safety and be on emergency pager call-out to the coastguard.’

John Lee was made an honorary life member after 35 years of service.

Joanne Young received the medal of honour for exceptional service and Tom Keogh was given the Wessex Young Lifesaver of the Year award.

Coxswains Mike Allen, Chris Rudd and Steve Hobbs were each given an award for 30 years of service. Brian Pack, another coxswain, was given the RLSS Service Cross for 20 years of service.

Ian Sweet was given a medal for 12 years and John Martyn was given a bar to his service medal for 16 years of service.

Other members were given certificates.

The volunteers were given their awards at a ceremony in London last Saturday.