Leader, November 19 2021

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Happy retirement, Coxy

Rarely does something taken up as a teenage hobby or interest turn into a life-long career but that was the case for Campbeltown’s David Cox and his love of the sea.

David has devoted almost 40 years to the town’s lifeboat station and it will be strange when he’s no longer there.

Repeatedly risking his own life to rescue others in peril at sea, David has taken all the many challenges of his role in his stride.

The final 20 months of his tenure have been particularly challenging as the crew had to adopt new ways of operating to maintain their own safety while rescuing others amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Living on a peninsula, many Kintyre residents work at sea and even more of us frequent the water for various leisure pursuits, safe in the knowledge that people like David are little more than a phone-call away if disaster strikes.

We hope David enjoys his well-earned retirement, and is able to spend more time with his family.

And we wish Ruaridh McAulay, who replaces David as coxswain, all the best in his new position.