Great Scott! 20 years' voluntary service rewarded

December 21 2018
Great Scott! 20 years' voluntary service rewarded

For the past two decades, RNLI Portishead volunteer and helmsman Jake Scott has been responding to calls to save lives at sea.

His pager can go any time, day or night – it has even gone off during family celebrations – but he is always sure to respond.

Now, his dedication and commitment to the charity has been recognised with a special Long Service award.

Jake began volunteering for the RNLI in Weston-super-Mare before moving across to Portishead in 2014, ahead of the crew’s formal adoption into the RNLI.

In addition to being a helmsman, Jake is also the RNLI’s lifeboat training coordinator, keeping crew volunteers up to date and fully qualified to go out to sea.

Jake – who works as an aviation training manager during the day – volunteers for the charity alongside his wife, Kath who is also a crew member.

If that wasn’t enough to keep them busy, they also run the Compass Sea School in Portishead.

Jake said: “I feel very privileged to have received this award. Being a crew member and helm for 20 years has certainly been fun, challenging and very rewarding whilst helping to save lives at sea.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Slack, said: “It goes without saying that this level of dedication to our charity is to be commended and, 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.”