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‘Spud’ recieving his badge from Operations Manager Paul Metcalf flanked by his fellow crewmen

Keith (‘Spud’) Murphy, crewman aboard Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats, has been awarded a commemorative badge to mark 30 years continuous service

Keith first joined the Eastbourne lifeboat crew in 1984 and helped with the launching of the ‘Rother’ class all weather lifeboat ‘Duke of Kent’ from the beach at Fisherman’s Green. Since then he has been a crewman aboard all subsequent inshore and all-weather lifeboats associated with Eastbourne RNLI, up to the current state of the art ‘Tamar’ class all weather boat ‘Diamond Jubilee’. Keith stood down from active service at the end of 2013 but remains a shore helper at the Sovereign Harbour lifeboat station.