Farewell Andrew

As you may know our Coxswain Andrew Putt is retiring from the RNLI on May 31st 2020 after 35 years service and all of us at the Lizard Lifeboat Station wish to offer our grateful thanks for his dedicated service over the last 10 years in particular to us at The Lizard.  

Please read Andrew’s farewell message below  ……

 Andrew with mechanic and current second coxswain Dan Atkinson,  RNLB Rose and Andrew

                        A Farewell Message from Andrew, retiring Lizard Lifeboat Coxswain ……….

“As they say, all good things must come to an end! Some of you may be aware that I shall be retiring from the RNLI on the 31 May after 35 years’ service, 34 of those years as a full-time lifeboat crewman. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in many activities with the RNLI. Highlights have included taking one of the early Mersey class lifeboats to Norway for the 1992 International Lifeboat Conference, and involvement in the design and trialling of a prototype lifeboat which has now become the Shannon class. I have also had the privilege of being involved with the building of 2 new stations and the delivery of two new boats to these stations. The first being the Mersey class lifeboat RNLB SPIRIT OF DERBYSHIRE to Ilfracombe in 1990 which was closely followed by the construction of their new station. My move here to The Lizard in September 2010 coincided with The Station just beginning to rise out of a concrete slab and I was able to watch its construction to become the magnificent building that we now have, and finally, the delivery of RNLB ROSE to The Lizard in July 2011; a very proud moment for us all and one which will always be very special to me. However, the time is now right for me to pass on the legacy to a new Coxswain. My family and I have been through good times and some tough times whilst we have been here, and the station personnel have also had their fair share of ups and downs over the years but, through hard work and dedication, we have come through these times to become an effective team that maintains the operational readiness of the station 24 hours a day. It has been an honour and a privilege to have been the Coxswain for nearly 10 years, I thank all station personnel for your support, patience and understanding and wish the next Coxswain every success for the future”

Andrew Putt Coxswain, The Lizard Lifeboat.

Covid-19 “social distancing” goodbye handshakes were the order of the day, as were all the other farewells, including cheers and clapping from the many station personnel who had gathered to line the road down from the lifeboat house,  all wanting to wish Andrew farewell as he left the station for the last time as Coxswain ……