An Eastbourne coastguard has been awarded an MBE for his dedication and commitment to the Coastguard Rescue Service.
Stuart McNab has been with the Eastbourne Coastguard Rescue Team for more than two decades, and led the team as Station Officer for the last 16 years before stepping down recently.
In that time, he has attended more than 2,000 coastal incidents, including more than 500 cliff and recovery operations, mostly from the cliffs at Beachy Head.
In receiving the MBE, Stuart has been recognised for his efforts in often difficult and challenging circumstances. The honour also recognises how he has gone the extra mile in liaising with the bereaved after the recovery phase to help them come to terms with the loss of family members.
Stuart, who lives in Willingdon with his wife Janet, said, “I am extremely pleased and honoured that my service to Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been recognised in this way. None of my achievements would have been possible without my team however, which I am incredibly proud to be a part of.
“I am absolutely thrilled.”
Richard Martin, Chief Coastguard, said, “I’m delighted that Stuart has been awarded an MBE for his hard work and dedication. Stuart is a committed, compassionate and a highly capable professional with a proven track record of cliff rescue and recovery in difficult and emotionally challenging circumstances.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stuart and all of our Coastguard Rescue Officers, who give up their free time to respond to coastal emergencies incidents in all weathers and often at unsocial hours.”
Stuart, affectionately known by the team of coastguards as “Our Leader”, joined the Coastguard Service in April 1991 when he relocated to Eastbourne from Newbury. He became station officer in 1998.
In 2011 Stuart was presented with a medal for his loyalty to the coastguard service and to mark his service his colleagues held a party for him at the Fisherman’s Club.