Coastguard boss is honoured for 20 years’ service

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Eastbourne coastguard boss Stuart McNab who has clocked up 20 years’ service.

The stalwart was joined by family members, friends and colleagues at the Fishermans Club for a party and to be presented with a medal for his loyalty to the Coastguard Service by the head of the service Peter Dymond.

His colleagues Steve Dann and Keith Rayment were also presented with Coastguard’s Commendations for their work in talking a drunk suicidal man down from the cliff edge.

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 and during his time has overseen more than 500 cliff incidents and rescues at Beachy Head in addition to several hundred other maritime and beach incidents ranging from shipwrecks, lost children and rescuing floating deckchairs.

Stuart was joined on the night by his wife Janet, children Ruth, Hannah and Adam and their families.

Also among the guests were coastguard colleagues from Dover, Bexhill, Hastings and Birling Gap, RNLI crew members, Eastbourne’s mayor Carolyn Heaps and the East Sussex coroner’s officers. Colleague David Nott said, “Stuart is very well respected by the team and the other emergency services.”

Peter Dymond said Stuart had gone above and beyond the call of duty in his dedication to the coastguard service over the years and was a popular and well-liked leader.

During the evening Stuart was dressed in costumes and ordered to sit in a deck chair as his coastguard colleagues staged a This is Your Life presentation.