St Ives RNLI is celebrating the dedication of one of its volunteers who has given 30 years to the lifesaving charity.
Peter Tanner joined St Ives RNLI in 1988 and was an active crew member on the all-weather and inshore lifeboats, answering the call on many shouts, some of them extremely complex.
During Peter’s time as lifeboat crew he attended 201 shouts, rescued 103 people and ultimately saved six lives. Peter also volunteered in many different roles as active boat crew, assistant lifeboat mechanic, and helm.
His voluntary service did not end there. After his boating career ended, Peter decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a member of the shore crew as a tractor driver and has been involved with 332 launches since 2000. He has been a critical part of the rescue of 280 people and saved a further 13 lives.
Peter said: “I was brought up with it with and followed in my father’s footsteps, even as a small child I had a lifeboat house, a lifeboat and tractor and I would launch the lifeboats in my bedroom, so I was always going to be a part of the RNLI. I can’t imagine not being a part of it.
“Twenty-five years ago I was involved with pulling someone from the sea, that life was saved, that feeling never leaves you. One life saved makes everything worthwhile.”
On the anniversary of Peter’s 30 years of service, he was honoured by the RNLI at an ‘Excellence in Volunteering’ dinner and awards ceremony and received a medal of long service.
An RNLI spokesperson said: “We thank Peter and his family for supporting and enabling him to make this amazing contribution to the RNLI, the St Ives community, and all of the people and families that he has answered the call for help for.”