Eighth generation RNLI coxswain retires after 36 years of service

PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 02 July 2018

John Davies is retiring. Picture: RNLI

John Davies is retiring. Picture: RNLI


It was the end of an era at a Norfolk lifeboat station as long-serving coxswain John Davies retired.

Mr Davies, who left Cromer Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat station at the end of June, was the eighth generation of his family to have served on the lifeboats. His distinguished family history not only includes Henry Blogg but also his father Richard William Davies.”

During his 36 years of dedicated service he has crewed and skippered several RNLI lifeboats – most recently the state-of-the-art Tamar class Lester.

He said: “The crew have been my family for the last 30 years. I’ve seen these lads grow up and flourish and I will enjoy watching them take over the reins.

“The lifeboat has been in Cromer for over 200 years and we are merely custodians of it at a certain time, it will carry on for years long after we’ve all gone.”

Audrey Smith, Cromer RNLI volunteer press officer, said his skill, courage and knowledge of the local waters was well-known.

She added: “This has been demonstrated by the many rescues in which he has been involved over the years.

“Along with his skill and dedication as a coxswain, John has long been recognised as a great ambassador for the work of the RNLI and has often supported local fundraising events. He has always made a point of highlighting the many attractions of Cromer and north Norfolk to national audiences.

“John is to be celebrated as a man of many parts but in particular we recognise his leadership of the charity’s volunteer Cromer crew. He has been a sound example and mentor to many young recruits to the lifeboat service.”

Cromer lifeboat station has been operating since 1804.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Irish coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.

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