A man who's given half a century of voluntary service to the RNLI in Weston-super-Mare is among those who've been recognised in the New Year's Honours list.
Richard Spindler is made an MBE after risking his life numerous times to save others, including once swimming into a cave to rescue five people trapped by rising tides.
The 67-year-old became a member of Weston's lifeboats on his 17th birthday. After 50 years of tending to and serving on them he's become a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
More than 200 lives were saved during Richard's 31 years at sea before he was forced to retire from the crew. He now helps with the launch operations.
There were eight launches in his first year - 53 this year.
As the crew's designated swimmer his most dangerous rescue came in 1978.
Richard, who was nominated by RNLI colleague Donald Sutherland, has also been a scout master and swimming instructor in the town and heavily involved in fund-raising.
The Weston RNLI operation was forced to leave its home on the old Birnbeck Pier for a temporary base on the seafront but money has been raised and a site identified for a permanent move in a couple of years. It's something Richard is determined to be a big part of.