2,000 rescues lead to an MBE for Willingdon man

Stuart McNab given MBE
Stuart McNab given MBE
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A Willingdon man who has served with the coastguard for more than two decades has become an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Stuart McNab has been with the Eastbourne Coastguard Rescue Team for more than 20 years and has been awarded for his dedication and commitment to the service.

During his time with the coastguard Stuart has been leading the team as Station Officer for the last 15 years.

In that time, he has attended more than 2,000 coastal incidents, including in excess of 500 cliff and recovery operations, mostly from the cliffs in and around Beachy Head.

In receiving the award, Stuart has been recognised for his efforts in often difficult and challenging circumstances.

The honour also recognises how he has gone the extra mile in liaising with the bereaved after the recovery phase to help them come to terms with the loss of family members.

Stuart, who lives in Willingdon, said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured that my service to Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been recognised in this way.

“None of my achievements would have been possible without my team, however, which I am incredibly proud to be a part of.”

Richard Martin, Chief Coastguard, said Stuart is a ‘dedicated’ and ‘committed’ and ‘compassionate’ member of the team and he was thrilled to see Stuart awarded the accolade.

He also said he wanted to thank the coastguard for giving up their free time to help people.

He said: “I’m delighted that Stuart has been awarded an MBE for his hard work and dedication.

“Stuart is a committed, compassionate and a highly capable professional with a proven track record of cliff rescue and recovery in difficult and emotionally challenging circumstances.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stuart and all of our Coastguard Rescue Officers, who give up their free time to respond to coastal emergencies incidents in all weathers and often at unsocial hours.”

Honours also went to Kay Yeowart, who lives in North Chailey.

Kay was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her personal contribution to setting up the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK (PHA UK).

Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, Nicholas Soames, was knighted for his services to politics.

Foster carers Margaret and Peter Rhodes, from Newhaven, became MBEs.