Long service presentation for Mick Abbott
Sunday 17 December 2006
Author: Ben Hardaker
Ex RNLI Skegness lifeboat crewmember Mick Abbott was honoured at the annual station dinner held in the North Shore Hotel last week. Mr Abbott and his son Gavin who is also a crewmember together run the local building contractors firm of the same name and he continues in that business.
But on Tuesday he was presented with the RNLI Service Certificate to mark 17 years and two months with the Skegness lifeboats. Mick has served on both the inshore lifeboat as well as the two offshore boats the Charles Fred Grantham and the present Lincolnshire Poacher and is now retired from the service.
A keen yachtsman and golfer in his spare time Mick was on the ‘shout’ to the stricken yacht Sea Fever in 1998. On the evening of April 11th the lifeboat launched in high winds, heavy seas and wintery conditions to help the yacht’s crew in the North Sea east of Skegness. The yacht’s steering was jammed and the craft was yawing violently in 15ft seas and a force eight gale.
Coxswain Paul Martin and his crew took the yacht in tow up to Grimsby, a task that took 5 ˝ hours in the atrocious conditions and it wasn’t until 5am the next day that the crew returned to the station in Skegness.
Mick was also involved in the search for the two fishermen lost from the Kingfisher on March 25th 1993. He was one of several crewmembers who searched in rough surf on the inshore lifeboat on the five-hour mission. During the search the ILB hit a wave and Mick was thrown into the air and injured when he landed badly.
The mission also involved the offshore boat; two tugs and the RAF rescue helicopter Rescue 128 from Leconfield. Sadly the two fishermen didn’t survive but everyone involved gave 100% to try to find them and save them.
To mark Mick’s service to the RNLI he was presented with a framed service certificate and a statuette called Helping Hand showing a lifeboat man in action by the station chairman Joel Grunnill and Lifeboat Operations Manager Alan Fisher.
Photo caption – Mick Abbott (right) receives the RNLI service certificate and statuette Helping Hand from Joel Grunnill (station chairman) and lifeboat operations manager Alan Fisher (centre).