Tobermory RNLI mourns former coxswain

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Tobermory RNLI’s longest serving coxswain has died suddenly aged 52.

Phil Higson, who joined the crew in March 1992 serving more than 20 years, died on January 11.

He became Second Coxswain in 1996 and full time Station Coxswain in 2001.

In tribute, a RNLI spokesperson said: ‘During Phil’s service, he helped to save many lives and assist many people as well as mentoring and training volunteer crew at Tobermory. He will be remembered for his professionalism and sense of fun as well as trying to entice Princess Anne into the pub for a pint.’

Mr Higson’s funeral will take place at the West Suffolk Crematorium near Bury St Edmunds on Friday February 8.

‘Our thoughts are with Sarah, Steven and Scott at this very sad time,’ added the spokesperson.