20 years service award for RNLI’s Shaun

Senior Helmsman Shaun Riggall is being presented with his award for 20 year service with the Mablethorpe RNLI, pictured with Eastern Division Division Operations Manager Mike Oakes. EMN-140610-131937001
Senior Helmsman Shaun Riggall is being presented with his award for 20 year service with the Mablethorpe RNLI, pictured with Eastern Division Division Operations Manager Mike Oakes. EMN-140610-131937001

A man from Mablethorpe who has spent 20 years of his life volunteering for the RNLI has received a special service award.

Shaun Riggall, 42, was recently presented with his award by Eastern Division Operations Manager Mike Oakes.

Shaun at sea

Shaun at sea

Having lived in Mablethorpe all of his life, the waves soon called to Shaun, who after becoming a retained firefighter, was then asked on a night out if he wanted to try out volunteering for the RNLI and for Shaun, the rest is now history.

Shaun is full-time joiner for a company based in Sutton on Sea by day and then for the last three years has been the crew’s senior helmsman and dashes off to a shout whenever his pager goes out.

Shaun said: “It’s quite an honourable and amazing achievement to have been volunteering for the Mablethorpe RNLI for the last 20 years.

“To receive this service award really is quite humbling and the RNLI has been a big part of my life.

“There are so many things I have to remember over the last 20 years, but every time any life or vessel is saved, then that specifically is always something that stays with you.

“My dad was a retained fireman and I took it up at one point, but it was difficult to do due to my work commitments.

“So one evening during a night out, I was asked if I wanted to volunteer at the RNLI and I thought yeah, I could give that a go and here I am still volunteering for them 20 years later.

“I’d like to say I would like to carry on for another 20, but I don’t think my legs and back would let me. But there is an age limit on being a crewman anyway, but I’d like to think I could go as far as I am able to.”

Shaun added: “I would just like to thank all of my family and my son for putting up with me and the sacrifices they have made. Plus thank you to my employer, JHA Winter & Sons for supporting my volunteering.”