Brian Bevan MBE, former Coxswain at Humber Lifeboat Station, is the only crew member in the RNLI’s long history to be presented with Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals for Gallantry at the same awards ceremony. In 1824, Charles Fremantle became the Institution’s first Gold Medal recipient, awarded for his bravery when he swam out to a Swedish brig that was stranded off the coast of Christchurch. The other members of the party were picked up by two watchmen who had put out in a boat. During his time as a volunteer crew and as full time Coxswain he has been paged more than 2,300 times, an average of 94 a year. He was presented with a 30 year bar to add to his previous 20 year medal for his service to the RNLI at Weymouth. Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a charity registered in England and Wales (209603), Scotland (SC037736), the Republic of Ireland (20003326), the Bailiwick of Jersey (14), the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Alderney | RNLI (Sales) Ltd | RNLI Shop (registration number 2202240 and RNLI College Ltd (registration number 7705470) both companies registered in England and Wales at West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ. FULL ISSUE       After returning to England in 1836, Charles married the affluent widow Isobella Wedderburn, and fathered three children. With their combined crews of 30 men and with the damaged lifeboat in tow, the Northumberland set sail across the shoals, striking heavily in the broken water. The Waveney class lifeboat Ralph and Joy Swann left her moorings at 8.15 p.m. after she first experienced great difficulty getting her crew on board from the pier. Lifeboats at Ramsgate. Mr D Francis, Mr H Owen and Mr H Jones. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. The two boats came into contact, which totally destroyed the damaged vessel, but the Northumberland reached Ramsgate harbour safely. The Cox’n therefore decided to take the survivors off the yacht, and took the AWB stern on to the casualty, clear of overside wreckage, and held her in position whilst the survivors were passed over, and the two lifeboat crew recovered. Awards of medals were announced in the official government newspaper, the London Gazette, available on The Gazette website.. Citation s and recommendation s are sometimes included in the Gazettes but are rarely found in the documents held at The National Archives.. You can use The Gazette’s own search tips for help with your searching. RNLI official Brian Wead said: “An RNLI gold medal will only be awarded for a rescue in which exceptional courage, skill and initiative is shown. Charles swam back to shore, where he was said to be ‘utterly exhausted and insensible'. The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Images and copyright © RNLI 2020. He died on 19 December 1869. A tow was passed and the casualty brought off. For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. A service award 'on his retirement through ill-health, from the post of Coxswain … He had been out in the lifeboats belonging to that station three hundred and fifty-three times during the past twenty-six years and had thus helped to save eight hundred and seventy-seven lives from different shipwrecks'. The Dover lifeboat took the 13 men from the second boat, but five men still remained on the wreck's stern part which was partly awash and drifting. The vessel was driving fast on shore, and two men had already been washed overboard. The lifeboat took off the 12 survivors, transferred them to the steam tug, which took the lifeboat in tow again and returned it to Ramsgate through heavy broken water, after 26 hours at sea. For an hour and a half, Evans waited as the huge seas battered Hindlea, able to do nothing until her master gave the order to abandon ship. The ship's Master ordered all of his crew into the two ship's lifeboats which got clear just before the wreck broke into two. Following the first 2 services Jack Davies was transferred to the No.2 lifeboat as Acting Coxswain. A BRAVERY medal won by a fearless lifeboatman who helped save 47 men when their ship was wrecked in a gale off the Hartlepool coast is set to help fetch up to 1,800 at an auction today. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The Ramsgate Harbour Trustee Beeching lifeboat Northumberland launched at 9 p.m. For long service and in acknowledgement of Coxswain Jarman's and Bowman Fish's continued gallant services in the Ramsgate lifeboat. Searching for official announcements. In 1824, Charles Fremantle became the Institution’s first Gold Medal recipient, awarded for his bravery when he swam out to a Swedish brig that was stranded off the coast of Christchurch. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives. Gordon is a valued and respected member of the crew who serves on both the RNLI D class inshore lifeboat – 'As tractor driver your skill and judgement was vital for the safe launch of the lifeboat and it is to your credit that the lifeboat was quickly and safely launched to go to the aid of the ‘Ocean Explorer’.