Lifeboat Ian rewarded for 30 years’ service

Picture shows Ian collecting his badge from Paul Metcalfe with some of the senior crew from Eastbourne lifeboats.
Picture shows Ian collecting his badge from Paul Metcalfe with some of the senior crew from Eastbourne lifeboats.

Volunteer Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer of Eastbourne lifeboats has received a 30 year long service badge to add to his growing tally of awards for outstanding service.

Ian first joined the crew of Eastbourne lifeboats in May 1981 as a young shore helper and quickly progressed to become a crewman aboard the inshore lifeboat and is now Deputy Second Coxswain aboard the station’s all-weather.

Ian’s bravery and calmness under pressure has earned many accolades from his peers and has also inspired official recognition from the RNLI.

In May 1983 Ian received a Chairman’s (The Duke of Atholl) framed ‘letter of thanks’ for his contribution in the rescue of two young boys and a woman from an upturned dinghy in near gale conditions. In December 1986 he was awarded the RNLI’s Bronze Medal for his ‘skill, courage and fine leadership’ during the rescue of three people involved in the filming of the James Bond movie ‘Living Daylights’ at Beachy Head. This rescue also earned Ian a gold medal in the Silk Cut nautical awards of 1987.

Ian received the Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service call in 1986 and in the same period he also received a framed letter of thanks from the chief of RNLI operations for a three hour service carried out in gale force winds with snow squalls to a dinghy on board at the notorious Beachy Head Ledge.

In April 1997 he was awarded the RNLI’s Silver Medal for his part in the rescue of four people from beneath Eastbourne pier in appalling conditions. Once again the citation highlighted Ian’s outstanding gallantry, tremendous courage and superb.

All these awards have made Ian one of the most decorated crewmen in the long and proud history of Eastbourne lifeboats.

When Ian is not saving lives at sea he works for Stagecoach Ltd. (Eastbourne Buses) as Assistant Engineering Manager. He has a daughter and is also a keen sportsman having played football for Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United for many years.

This latest award, presented by Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe, is a bar to add to his previous long service badge.