He rescued a crew filming a James Bond film from the foot of Beachy Head and helped people stranded in blizzard like conditions at the notorious cliff face.
Now, volunteer deputy second coxswain Ian Stringer from Eastbourne RNLI has received a 30 year long service badge for his outstanding service.
Ian first joined the crew of Eastbourne lifeboats in May 1981 as a young shore helper and quickly progressed to become a crewman aboard the inshore lifeboat. He is now deputy second coxswain aboard the station’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee.
Ian’s bravery and calmness under pressure has earned many accolades from his peers and has also inspired official recognition from the RNLI.
In December 1986 he was awarded the RNLI’s Bronze Medal for his ‘skill, courage and fine leadership’ during the rescue of three people involved in the filming of the James Bond movie ‘Living Daylights’ at Beachy Head.
This rescue also earned Ian a gold medal in the Silk Cut nautical awards of 1987.
Ian received the Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service call in 1986 and in the same period he also received a framed letter of thanks from the chief of RNLI operations for a three hour service carried out in gale force winds with snow squalls twhere a dinghy had become trapped with two people on board at Beachy Head Ledge.
In May 1983 Ian received a Chairman’s (The Duke of Atholl) framed ‘letter of thanks’ for his contribution in the rescue of two young boys and a woman from an upturned dinghy in near gale conditions.
The awards have made Ian one of the most decorated crewmen in the long and proud history of Eastbourne lifeboats.
When Ian is not saving lives at sea he works for Stagecoach Ltd. as Assistant Engineering Manager.
He has a daughter and is also a keen sportsman, having played football for Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United for many years.
This latest award, presented by Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe, is a bar to add to his previous long service badge.
The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. It helps saves lives along the South East coast including Beachy Head and Pevensey Bay.
Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts .
If you want to follow the work of the lifeboat crewmen you can follow them on twitter or visit the RNLI’s official YouTube channel.