LONG service medals were presented to members of the Isle of Man Coastguard by Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood at a special ceremony at Government House.
The ceremony marked the dedication of volunteers, who are vital to the work of the coastguard service.
Roger Williamson, coastguard station officer at Peel, received a 20 year medal. Thirty year clasps were awarded to Peel’s Michael Christian, Port Erin section leader Nick Davies and Douglas’s Ian Halsall.
Coastguard officers from Port Erin, Douglas, Peel and Castletown attended and were presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal for having served five years as a volunteer by the date of the Queen’s diamond jubilee. In addition, five staff from head office received the same medal.
Altogether, 52 out of the coastguard service’s 80 volunteers were honoured at the ceremony. Part of the Department of Infrastructure’s Harbours Division, the coastguard has been in existence for more than 140 years. The Isle of Man Coastguard was formed in 1989 in response to the withdrawal of the HM Coastguard and the closure of its centre in Ramsey.