Former Newhaven Lifeboat coxswain awarded an MBE

A VOLUNTEER for Newhaven Lifeboat who helped save more than 300 lives was awarded an MBE.

Ian Johns dedicated 37 years to the organisation, which saw him serve as the coxswain for a total of nine years from 2002.

He joined the station as a volunteer in 1974 and went on to serve on four lifeboats, including the Watson class Kathleen Mary (1974-1977), the Waveney class Louis Marchesi of Round Table (1977-1985), Arun class Keith Anderson (1985-1999) and the Seven class David and Elizabeth Acland (1999-2011).

Ian’s wife Pat also worked as the volunteer press officer with Newhaven RNLI for 31 years.

Ian said: “I am very humbled by this award, which has come as a real surprise, but am delighted to accept this as recognition of the whole team at Newhaven plus the wider RNLI.”

The lifeboat stalwart looks back on a remarkable record of achievement at the Newhaven station.

Between March 23, 1974 and March 23, 2011, he was called out on on 630 services saving 337 lives.

Newhaven RNLI spokesperson Alan Novis added: “We are delighted for Ian being awarded the prestigious MBE, which is great recognition of his contribution and service over 37 years.

“The MBE is also a superb compliment for the team at Newhaven and the wider RNLI for the lifesaving work our volunteers carry out.”