MEMBERS of Brixham Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have been presented with medals for long service.
The coastguards were given their medals by Peter Dymond, chief coastguard at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at the Manor Inn in Brixham.
The recipients were: watch manager Andy Huber, who has served since 1987 and joined Brixham in 1990; coastguard watch assistant Kirsten Buchan, who has served since 1993 and joined Brixham that year; watch officer Roger Davis, who has served since 1992 and joined Brixham in 1996; centre manager Peter Davies, who has served since 1992 and joined Brixham in 1995; sector manager Fred Caygill, who has served since 1992 and joined Brixham in 1999; and volunteer coastguard officer Keith Langworthy, who has served since 1993 and been with the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team throughout.
Mr Davies said: “Her Majesty’s Coastguard is still revered, respected and considered to be the exemplar of a coastguard service around the world. In part, this success is because of the people employed by HM Coastguard and the manner in which they go about coastguard business.
“It has been a privilege to work with so many members of staff that take such pride in the service and the job we do.”
In addition, local fisherman Joe Moore was presented with a Royal Humane Society Award for his actions after the vessel FV Betty G sank in Lyme Bay.
Mr Davies, who nominated Mr Moore for the award, said: “As the Betty G sank, Joe realised the life raft was caught up on the vessel. He dived below the water in darkness to locate and retrieve a knife from the vessel, which enabled him to cut free the life raft.
“His actions undoubtedly saved his life and the lives of the other two crew. It was his very first trip at sea. He showed selflessness and great courage.”