A fond farewell to volunteer who saved lives at sea

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Amble RNLI bid a fond farewell to a long-serving volunteer who helped save the lives of more than 30 people during a 17 -year stint.

The team gathered at the town’s lifeboat station for a Chinese food night, as part of sad goodbyes to Paul Allen, who has stood down after relocating to Rothbury.

He was presented with a certificate of service from Amble coxswain John Connell.

Paul joined the RNLI Amble lifeboat station in 1997 and served on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboat. During his service, some 37 lives have been saved.

Paul said: “It has been a privilege and honour to be a part of a wonderful dedicated team of individuals from different backgrounds with the sole purpose of saving lives at sea.

“I will take away many memories of my time with the RNLI and continue to support the charity in other ways in the future.”

Paul has a teaching and training background and was the headmaster at Amble’s Coquet High School until 2010. He then held the position of Amble Harbour Master for a brief period before returning to a teaching and training role.

Paul is a very keen yachtsman and sea kayaker and his knowledge of the water, particularly his navigation skills, have been a valuable asset to the RNLI at Amble.

He has often held classes for crew members on navigation skills and has helped to prepare many volunteers embarking on helmsman and coxswain roles.

l Amble RNLI launched the all-weather lifeboat on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 30, to assist a local fishing vessel, the Sarah Louise, which was having engine trouble. The stricken vessel was towed back to Amble Harbour.