Long-service medal for lifeboat man Creon

Creon Carmichael received his 30 years long service medal. Photograph RNLI/Sam Jones.

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Tobermory RNLI’s Second Mechanic Creon Carmichael has been awarded a long-service medal after more than three decades of saving lives at sea.

Creon joined Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew in February 1991 just after the station re-opened following its closure in 1947 and subsequently became second mechanic in 1995.

As well as serving for more than three decades at Tobermory, Creon also provides relief mechanic cover at stations around the UK and Ireland helping to keep lifeboats on service 24/7 from Kirkwall in the north, Falmouth in the south, Harwich in the east and Barra in the west.

Tobermory RNLI’s Lifeboat operations manager Dr Sam Jones said: ‘Creon is an absolute stalwart of the station.

‘He has not only trained new mechanics, mentored crew and kept our lifeboats ready for service, but he is also is a fount of knowledge about the lifeboat and the sea.

‘He is totally unflappable in any situation, however challenging it might be. He has selflessly devoted more than three decades of his life to going to help others in distress so this long-service medal is very well deserved.

‘All of us at the station congratulate Creon on this magnificent achievement and we look forward to celebrating it properly once it is safe for us to do so.’

Since joining, Creon has served on the Arun and Severn class lifeboats which have been stationed at Tobermory, as well as taking part in nearly 400 rescues during which he has assisted 386 people and saved 10 lives.

Due to the current situation, Creon received his 30-year long service medal through the post but a celebration is planned once it is possible to do so. The medal features the RNLI’s founder Sir William Hillary, on the front of the medal and the charity’s motto ‘With courage, nothing is impossible’ on the reverse.