Two decades of service for RNLI ‘role model’

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 March 2019

Adam Forrest with lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack. Picture: Helen Lazenby/RNLI

Adam Forrest with lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack. Picture: Helen Lazenby/RNLI

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A life-saving volunteer who ‘embodies what the RNLI stands for’ has been praised after completing two decades of service.

Portishead RNLI’s Adam Forrest has spent 20 years helping people in their hour of need on North Somerset’s shores, and was thanked for his hard work this week.

The volunteer joined the Portishead Lifeboat Trust, which later was taken on and joined the RNLI, in 1998 as a helmsman and went on to become head of health and safety.

One memorable rescue saw him save a man from the water off Clevedon after he tried to swim to his hotel following a night of drinking – and his heroic efforts featured on a BBC documentary.

Adam later stood down from being a crew member but assumed the role of deputy launch authority, with responsibility for deciding when to launch the lifeboat.

Adam described it as an ‘honour’ to be recognised for two decades of volunteering.

He said: “I had no idea when I first joined that I would still be involved with Portishead RNLI after so long.

“I have seen some massive changes from the early days of lifeboat trust.

“Our first boathouse was not even big enough to house our launch tractor which had to be parked in a sailing club compound up a footpath.

“I have learned despite all the changes, it is the people who support the lifeboat in whatever capacity, which are the most important part.”

Dave Slack, lifeboat operations manager, added: “When I joined the crew of the Portishead Lifeboat Trust, Adam was already established as an experienced crewman.

“He was one of the team that trainees like me, looked to for direction and reassurance.

“Adam was always happy to spend time to help others learn new skills and was a fine role model.

“Adam’s dedication to serving his community for more than 20 years now, and his commitment to the RNLI are to be admired.

“He embodies what the RNLI stands for.

“I am very proud to have served alongside him in a number of roles and I am very pleased he is still part of the team at Portishead RNLI.

“Long may it continue, because every station needs an Adam.”

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