Littlehampton RNLI Bar celebrates 30 years of volunteering

Ivan Greer celebrates 30 years of incredible service as a volunteer at Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Ivan, who is 51 and lives in Littlehampton, joined Littlehampton RNLI in 1991 as a trainee crew. He successfully qualified as a crew member and then as a coxswain – a role in which he is in charge of the lifeboat during cries and training sessions. He is also one of the station’s mechanics, who ensures that the station’s two lifeboats are maintained and ready for operation.

“I first became a volunteer with Littlehampton RNLI because I spent most of my youth in the Sea Scouts and thought it would be a good way to serve the community,” Ivan said.
“It has been a great experience over the past 30 years serving the local community and helping people who have problems at sea.”

Ivan, who works for Arun District Council, has been involved in countless screams during his time at Littlehampton RNLI, but it is his very first search and rescue mission that sticks most in his mind .
“I was sitting in my grandmother’s house with my pager. For some reason my pager didn’t work, as it wasn’t until I heard the chestnuts leaving at the lifeboat station that I knew we had screamed. I rushed to the station and we spent several hours at sea looking for a small fishing boat with three people on board.

Despite his extraordinary commitment and service to the community, Ivan has no intention of stopping.
“I will continue to volunteer for Littlehampton RNLI for as long as I can”, he said.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “When Ivan joined us, he quickly became ubiquitous and he continues to be at the heart of running our lifeboat station, with future generations of crew benefiting from his experience. It is great to see Ivan receiving recognition for his time and commitment to the RNLI.

ENDS

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