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Filey Coastguard Station Manager Retires

Filey Coastguard Station Manager Retires

Published by Karen Liu at 9:02am 30th April 2020.

The Station Officer at Filey Coastguard Rescue Team is retiring after more than 40 years of service.

John Haxby joined the Coastguard Rescue Service on the 9th May 1979.

John Haxby
John Haxby

HM Coastguard says in his time on the Coastguard team he has attended thousands of incidents and his contribution to the search and rescue of countless individuals is immeasurable. John, along with his brother Martin, who recently retired from the service, had followed his father into team. 

Johns exit marks a period of retirements over several years where three long serving members, who between them had in excess of 120 years of service. 

Current Deputy Station Officer Paul Lane reflects the view of the team at Filey:

"To say we’re going to miss having John on the team is nothing short of a huge understatement.

In both training and in incidents John is steadfast and totally dependable with the kind of demeanor you need in charge when you’re in a tight spot.

He has been a constant feature in the team for every current serving member and has been a first-class mentor.

It’s not really right to call it the “end of an era” because what John passes on to the next Station Officer is a legacy of team with an enviable work ethic, team spirit and technical skill level."

Divisional Commander, Mike Bill, HM Coastguard said:

“I’d like to thank John for his leadership of the Filey Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT), his tireless commitment supporting his local community, not only in a Coastguard role but also as a local councillor.

He has been a stalwart of the Coastguard Rescue Service and exemplar of the volunteer ethos which is the backbone of the country.”

There are 11 Coastguard Rescue Officers on call 24/7 at Filey CRT. Paul Lane and Scott Blowman are soon to take up the posts of Station Officer and Deputy Station Officer.

Recruitment will open tomorrow (Friday 1st May) for volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer across Yorkshire this includes are Stations at Filey, Scarborough & Burniston and Bridlington. Register your interest by emailing for an application pack. 




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