RNLI hero recognised for 20 years of saving lives at sea

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 December 2018

Jake Scott receiving his award from Dave Slack. Picture: Portishead RNLI

Jake Scott receiving his award from Dave Slack. Picture: Portishead RNLI

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A hard-working and ‘dedicated’ Portishead volunteer who has spent 20 years saving lives at sea has been recognised for his service.

Helmsman Jake Scott has received the long service award from Portishead RNLI in recognition of the two decades he has devoted to the charity and helping people in strife across North Somerset.

He joined the organisation in 1998, spending 16 years responding to calls from the shores of Weston, before moving to the crew at Portishead in 2014 ahead of its formal adoption into the RNLI.

The helmsman has won the admiration of his colleagues for his ‘dedication’ and wiliness to respond to those in need, regardless of the time of day or the weather.

His boss admitted it is ‘impossible’ to calculate just how many lives he has saved in the past two decades.

Jake said he feels ‘very privileged to have received this award’.

He added: “Being a crew member and helm for 20 years has certainly been fun and challenging.

“It has also been very rewarding while helping to save lives at sea.”

When he is not spending his free time volunteering with the RNLI, the aviation training manager is a keen traveller with his wife Kath – who is also a member of the RNLI crew and together they run a sea school which educates people on the dangers of the water.

The couple recently featured on an episode of the BBC’s Saving Lives At Sea, in which their wedding anniversary celebrations were scuppered when their pagers sounded.

Jake dedicates the little spare time he has left to being Portishead RNLI’s lifeboat training coordinator, ensuring all crew members are qualified to tackle the high seas.

Lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack told the Times: “It goes without saying this level of dedication to our charity is to be commended.

“Given that Jake also previously served as an RAF search and rescue winchman, it would be impossible to accurately calculate just how many people he has assisted or how many lives he has saved over the years.

“A truly impressive career of which he can be very proud indeed.”

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