At Portsmouth lifeboat station the following awards have been made:

letter of thanks Framed Chairman’s Letters of Thanks: 5
Parchment Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum: 13
Bronze Medal Bronze Medals: 4

The details of these awards are as follows:

1965 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded collectively to Dr IT McLachlan, D Cook-Radmore and S Thayers for the rescue of six people from the fishing launch Silver Spray. This was the first such award to an inshore lifeboat. Parchment
1966 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to the crew for the rescue of the fishing vessel Condor 1.
1967 Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Robert John Faro and Roy Richards for the rescue of two people when a speedboat capsized. ParchmentParchment
1970 Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Dr IT McLachlan, P Bannister and RB Needle for rescuing six people from several small craft in November 1969. ParchmentParchmentParchment
1970 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to B Needle for rescuing two men and a boy from the motor cruiser Fidalgo. Parchment
1972 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman John Fletcher for rescuing three men from the yacht Florya. Parchment
1973 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Dennis Faro for the rescue of two injured men from the yacht Jo of Ryde.On 5th August 1973 at 5.40 pm, the air-sea rescue helicopter having failed to lift two men from the yacht Jo of Ryde near Langstone bar, off Eastney, Portsmouth, the McLachlan lifeboat A 508 launched in south-south-westerly gale force winds. At the second attempt, Helmsman Faro placed his bow alongside, took off the two injured men, returned through very rough and confused seas and landed them at 6.20 pm. Bronze Medal
1974 Bronze Medals were awarded to Helmsman Sydney Thayers, William Hawkins and Dennis Faro (his second) for rescuing two crew from the motor cruiser Valon.

On 7 September 1974 the inflatable lifeboat D 184 launched at 3.43 am in south-south-westerly storm force winds with an overcast sky making the visibility poor. She pushed through very rough seas at full speed towards Langstone Channel, where the motor cruiser Valon was found with a man and his 11 year old son lashed in. By the light from the Coastguard mobile patrol on shore, the two were taken on board in a very difficult operation due to the cruiser snubbing her anchor and shipping seas over her bow. Because of the conditions, the return journey was completed at a very much slower pace.
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1981 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Senior Helmsman D. Wright, Helmsmen D. Parker and S. Alexander, and Crew Members G. Jewell, S. Russel and P. Bradley for the rescue of a dingy and its two occupants during the hours of darkness.
1985 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Helmsman D. Wright and Crew Members M. Icke, S. Alexander and C. Beeston for the rescue of the yacht Sugar Daddy which had grounded on the East Winner.
1988 Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Helmsman Stephen Alexander and Crew Members Adrian West, Paul Venton and James Beach when three people were rescued from Langstone Harbour. letter of thanksletter of thanksletter of thanksletter of thanks
1989 Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Helmsman Martin Icke and Crew Members Paul Venton and Adrian West for their assistance to one person from the yacht Dingaling. ParchmentParchmentParchment
1996 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Martin Icke when the lifeboat rescued two board sailors. Parchment
2002 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Helmsman Martin Icke and Crew Members John Brooks and Geoffrey Fullerton for the search for a woman who had been reported entering the sea at Hayling seafront in poor weather conditions. The search was carried out in co-ordination with Hayling Island Lifeboat.
2006 Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Crew Members Paul Clark and Tobi O’Neill for their part in the rescue of a man trapped under Southsea Pier. Helmsman John Brooks got a Framed Letter of Thanks from the Chairman for his part in the same service. Parchmentletter of thanks
2007 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Helmsmen John Brooks and Glen Bourke, and Crew Members Peter Slidel, Michael McKee and Gareth Davies for the rescue of a yacht that had run aground on the East Winner in Heavy Seas.
2007 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Crew Member Peter Slidel for his significant contribution to the rescue of the yacht as detailed above.
2009 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Helmsman Gareth Davies for the rescue of the yacht Octavia.
2009 A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Helmsman Gareth Davies and Crew Members Justin Strain and James Seed for the rescue of six people who had been fishing on the outer wall of the old oyster beds in Langstone Harbour and were cut off by the tide.The rescue was captured in a comic strip by the RNLI and Gareth, Justin and James were each presented with framed copies, along with one to hang in the station. The comic strip can be viewed by clicking on the icon on the right and maximising the picture. hayling_oyster_beds
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