AFTER 13 years dedicated service to Stornoway RNLI, volunteer crew member Donald A Smith is standing down from his lifeboat duties.
This week Donald was presented with his Certificate of Service by Stornoway Station Branch Chairman John Maclennan to a round of applause from his fellow crew mates.
Donald followed in his family tradition when he joined the RNLI – his father George Finlay Smith helped crew the lifeboat from 1966 to 1984; and his great grandfather Donald Macleod (Dan the Bure) was the third Stornoway RNLI Coxswain when he skippered the Ellen and Irene from around 1920 to 1930, having to retire from the position as he was over 60 years old.
Donald himself formed part of the Stornoway volunteer crew from 1997 to 1999, before serving as deputy 2nd Coxswain from 2000 to 2009. He then returned as a crew member until 2010. And during his service at Stornoway, the lifeboat rescued a total of 25 lives from shipwreck.
Stornoway RNLI volunteer David MacKinnon is also to receive a Letter of Thanks from RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier for his eight year service to the station following his recent retirement following a move to the Uists.