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One of Wales' longest serving RNLI volunteers celebrates 30th anniversary

Vivienne has been on 172 call outs and has saved eight people directly. Credit: ITV Wales

An RNLI volunteer celebrates 30 years of service and is one of the longest serving female volunteers.

Vivienne joined Little & Broad Haven lifeboat crew in 1990 and has been on 172 call outs and has directly saved the lives of eight people.

She is still an active crew member aboard the station’s RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Vivienne when she first joined the crew at Little and Broad Haven in 1990 Credit: RNLI/Little and Broad Haven

Vivienne has also held the voluntary role of Lifeboat Training Co-ordinator at the lifeboat station. She coaches and mentors her fellow crew members, ensuring that the high standards of training are maintained.

She was awarded a chief operations letter for gallantry in 1999 and was honoured with the Silver award for 20 years’ service which was presented to her by HRH Duke of Kent.

More recently in 2017 Vivienne was awarded with an MBE.

Vivienne on a RNLI boat during on of her 172 call outs Credit: RNLI/Little and Broad Haven

A highlight during her time with the RNLI was the rescue of a small boy from the foot of cliffs in 2004. In very rough seas, the lifeboat was placed close to the cliff base and she, with the aid of her crew, managed to get the boy on board.

More recently her skills were needed to rescue two young children spotted clinging to an open kayak in St Brides Bay in the summer of 2015. Her knowledge of the coastline and seamanship ensured that they were found moments before drowning, recovered and returned safely to shore.

Vivienne with the RNLI team at Little and Broad Haven Credit: RNLI/Little and Broad Haven

From a young age growing up and living in the community where the lifeboat is such an integral part, I always wanted to join the crew. Knowing when the pager goes off you could potentially save a life is what keeps me wanting to be a part of the volunteer crew I have been fortunate to be a past of for the past 30 years.

– Vivienne, RNLI Volunteer

Vivienne’s proudest moments have been receiving her MBE award in 2017 and most recently her youngest son Byron who just completed his first-year probation on the crew at Little & Broad Haven.

Vivienne received her MBE award in 2017 for her service Credit: RNLI/Little and Broad Haven