A retired operations manager from RNLI will officially open the B&M store in Whitfield on Saturday. Roy Couzens, 68, spent 40 years with Dover’s RNLI and was nominated as a local hero to cut the store’s ribbon. He will be at the Whitfield Retail Park at 8.45am and the store will be open to the public at 9am. Mr Couzens said: “I didn’t know anything about it, I was very surprised and shocked.”The anonymous nomination said that Mr Couzens was the definition of a true hero because of all the times he helped and rescued people.Reflecting on his time, he said: “It has been an adventure, it goes from one extreme to the other.“You see the good, and you see the very bad. It is something I wouldn’t think twice about doing again.”
His former RNLI crew dressed in their uniform will join him on the day.
Yesterday after 40 years service with Dover Lifeboat Station our LOM Roy Couzens stood down. He served as Mechanic & as a Coxswain in an illustrious career which saw him awarded the RNLI’s Silver medal for gallantry for his service to the Sumnia during the Great Storm of 1987. Everyone at the station wishes him well for the future and he will be sorely missed.
got into trouble on Wednesday morning.
The Norda was en-route from Cuxhaven to Cherbourg with six people on board when they suffered engine failure some 6 miles east of the Port Of Dover. The Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew and Dover’s Severn class lifeboat, City Of London II left her berth at 0415 with a crew of seven led by Second Coxswain James Clapham. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and then took the 20 metre Norda in tow and took her back to the port, arriving just after 0600.
Second Coxswain James Clapham said ”This was a routine call for us and something that we train for all the time. It is thanks to the people of Dover who support their lifeboat that it is possible for us to be ready to help anyone out when they need it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Phoenix Angling Club when a cheque for the grand sum of £1177 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.
They raised the money through a number of events including an auction, a live music event and a collection outside the local branch of Morrisons. Over the years the club has now donated over ten thousand pounds to their local lifeboat and its volunteer crew.
The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham and members of the lifeboat crew. Dover’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Couzens said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Phoenix Angling Club for their continued support.
Dover Coastguard requested an immediate launch following a call from a dive boat that had an unconscious male diver on board. Dover’s Severn Class Lifeboat, ‘City Of London II’ left its berth just before 2200 with a paramedic on board and met up with the diving vessel two miles off the harbour entrance. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and CPR was commenced and continued until the lifeboat was back alongside.
The lifeboat was met by medical staff from the Kent Air Ambulance which had landed close to the lifeboat station. Unfortunately despite the efforts of the lifeboat crew and ambulance staff the casualty did not recover and the matter is now in the hands of Kent Police.
All at Dover Lifeboat Station offer their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
It was a busy weekend for the volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat this weekend with three service calls plus performing a rescue demonstration for the Dover Community regatta and the station hosting it’s annual Open Day on Sunday.
On Saturday following a successful and well received sea rescue demonstration together with Walmer Lifeboat off Dover’s seafront, the RNLI volunteers were paged by Dover Coastguard to take over the tow of an 11 metre German yacht with two people on board, some six miles off the port from the Dungeness Lifeboat. The lifeboat quickly meet up with the vessel and proceeded to tow her back to the Port of Dover arriving back just after 1730. Continue reading
Dover’s RNLI lifeboat was launched at 1715 on Saturday 21st June 2014 after a request from Dover Coastguard to attend a 24ft fishing vessel that had suffered engine failure approximately 8 miles out in the channel in the shipping lanes with two persons on board.
Dover Lifeboat “City Of London II” left her berth with a crew of seven led by Coxswain Mark ‘Foggy’ Finnis in fine conditions and headed at full speed to the reported position of the vessel.On arrival at the scene a tow was quickly established and the casualty vessel was taken in tow by the lifeboat which then proceeded back to Dover.
The lifeboat was back alongside at 1920.
Dover Lifeboat Coxswain, Mark Finnis said “Thankfully this job turned out to be a routine call in fine weather but the risk of a boat drifting in the busiest shipping lanes in the world meant that a fast response was vital.”
Dover’s Severn class lifeboat ‘City Of London II’ left her moorings at Crosswall Quay shortly after 1430 under the command of Second Coxswain James Clapham and proceeded to the area. On arrival it was …found that two local teenagers were trapped by the incoming tide and they were evacuated to the safety of the lifeboat. A third person, an adult male from Folkestone was also found to be in potential danger from the water and was also brought aboard the lifeboat. All three were then taken back to Dover Marina.
The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
The association which escorts would-be channel swimmers across the channel raised the money at their annual dinner and as is normal at that event the members wanted the money to go to their local lifeboat.
The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham who said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exsist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the CS & PF.