VOLUNTEER coastguards on the Isle of Wight have been recognised for their efforts with a special award from the Queen.
Along with their colleagues on the mainland, the Island’s Coastguard Rescue Teams at Bembridge, Ventnor and the Needles, along with sub teams in Ryde and Newport, have been given the Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.
The award is a one-off category of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and recognise groups that operate nationally.
There are about 35 volunteer coastguards on the Isle of Wight and 3,500 nationally. They can be called out at any time of day or night to deal with all kinds of emergencies.
Dave Butler, station manager for Ventnor Coastguard Rescue team, said: "It is an honour to get this. Being a coastguard volunteer is a big commitment, not just for us, but for our families."
Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond said: "I am delighted the Coastguard Rescue Service has received this award which is a just reward and recognition for our volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers and their teams who have a long history of rescuing those in trouble from shipwreck or those stuck or missing on the cliffs and shoreline of the UK and not forgetting their service to their local communities and the wider public."