Parliamentary praise for retiring RNLI coxswain

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A veteran lifeboatman’s 38-year-long service has been marked in the Scottish Parliament by a motion submitted by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

David Cox joined the Campbeltown crew as a 17-year-old and has been involved with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ever since.

Mr Cameron said: ‘The RNLI is an integral part of our coastal communities for whom the welfare and safety of our seafarers is so important.

‘However the RNLI could hardly function without the long-term commitment of people like David and I thought it appropriate to mark his retirement at the Scottish Parliament.’

Mr Cameron’s motion – Retirement of David Cox from the RNLI – reads: ‘That the Parliament congratulates David Cox who, after 38 years’ service, is stepping down from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI); notes that David joined as a crewman of the Campbeltown lifeboat, at the age of just 17; recognises the enormous contribution that he and his colleagues in the RNLI make to saving lives at sea, often in very hazardous conditions; and wishes David a long and happy retirement.’