Praise for long-serving Portishead RNLI hero

PUBLISHED: 15:15 21 February 2019

Lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack praised Dave Hodges for his two decades of service. Picture: Helen Lazenby

Lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack praised Dave Hodges for his two decades of service. Picture: Helen Lazenby

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A Portishead man has been praised after two decades saving lives at sea.

RNLI helmsman Dave Hodges has been hailed after 20 years of volunteering on lifeboats.

He joined Portishead Lifeboat Trust in 1998 before the organisation later joined the RNLI.

Dave has taken part in a long list of rescues, including one in 2012 where he came to the aid of a six-week-old child whose parents’ boat engine failed leaving them stranded.

The helmsman also has a high-octane day job, serving in the fire service for 26 years.

Dave said: “I joined the crew as I wanted to give something back to my local community.

“I have always been interested in the sea and the coast and the lifeboat seemed to be the ideal charity to volunteer for.

“During the 20 years of service I have been on some challenging incidents but know I can always rely on the highly-trained and committed team at Portishead.”

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