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The    RNLI    gold    medal    posthumously    awarded    to    William     Trevelyan Richards,   Coxswain   of   the   ill   fated   lifeboat   'Solomon   Browne'   has   gone missing,   suspected   stolen.   The   medal   was   recently   identified   as   missing from   a   dedicated   secure   facility   at   the   charity's   head   office   in   Poole. Despite   an   extensive   search   the   medal   is   still   missing   and   police   have been notified of a suspected theft. This    medal    is    of    huge    historical    importance    to    our    station,    to    the families   of   the   crew   who   lost   their   lives   so   heroically,   to   the   wider community   of   Mousehole   &   Newlyn,   the   RNLI   and   beyond.   Trevelyan's gold   medal   is   irreplaceable   and   our   priority   is   to   see   it   returned   to   his family as soon as possible. Out   of   the   150   Gold   medals   awarded   in   the   history   of   the   RNLI,   this one    was    the    only    one    ever    awarded    posthumously.    It    is    easily identified   as   around   the   outer   rim   it   is   inscribed   'William   Trevelyan Richards Voted 27th January 1982' If   you   have   any   information   as   to   the   current   whereabouts   of   this medal,    or    can    assist    in    anyway    please    contact    Dorset    Police    by calling   101,   quoting   incident   number   02:136.   Information   can   also be   reported   anonymously   to   CRIMESTOPPERS   on   0800   555111,   or   via the RNLI on 0300 300 9990
Nearly   50   years   after   Porthleven   Lifeboat   station   closed   a   small   group   of Porthleven   residents   created   a   fun   day   for   the   village.   It   was   agreed   any   profit from   the   day   would   be   donated   to   the   RNLI   and   a   new   connection   with   saving life   at   sea   was   made.   For   some   years   the   event   was   run   as   members   of   Helston and   Porthleven   Branch,   Then   in   1994   the   Porthleven   and   District   Branch came   into   being.      Throughout   this   time   we   have   built   a   close   relationship   with Penlee Station and successive crews. May this long continue. However,   recently   we   had   to   launch   an   emergency   appeal   for   people   to   come and   join   the   committee   and   for   other   volunteers   to   help   on   lifeboat   day   itself. Thankfully   sufficient   numbers   came   forward   to   keep   Porthleven   Lifeboat   Day for another year. Please   contact   us   if   you   can   help   keep   Porthleven’s   lifeboat   heritage   alive. The future   is   not   secure   without   your   help.   Introduce   some   fresh   ideas   for   fund raising.
There   have   been   numerous   occasions   when   people   have   asked   us   why   we   are so   committed   to   supporting   the   RNLI   and   the   crews.   They   always   receive   the same   reply   “The   crews   risk   their   lives   every   time   they   respond   to   a   shout. They    don’t    think    about    their    own    safety    only    those    in    need    of    rescue. Sometimes   the   state   of   the   weather   is   such   the   average   person   would   not   walk to   the   shops   yet   they   do   not   hesitate   to   launch. The   crews   deserve   the   very   best boats   and   equipment   increasing   their   chance   of   returning   safely,   not   only   with those   in   need   of   rescuing   but   home   to   their   loved   ones.   Since   records   began over   800   crew   members   failed   to   return.   Our   committment   as   fund   raisers   is to   help   them   rescue   and   return   but   none   of   this   happens   without   your   support and donations. Today   you   can   sit   in   the   safety   of   our   homes   and   watch   the   RNLI   in   action. Everything   we   view   results   in   their   safe   return,   but   listen   to   what   happens when   nature   determines   otherwise   and   then   listen   to   the   song   on   our   audio page. We   thank   HM   Coastguard   for   allowing   us   access   to   the   communications   as they   happened   and   for   continuing   to   support   us   with   the   presence   of   the   SAR helicopter   exercising   with   the   Penlee   boat   and   crew   on   Porthleven   lifeboat day. 
FACING THE UNKOWN Extracts from the archives of HM COASTGAURD on our audio page Audio    communications    from the    events    as    they    unfolded during this rescue operation. What    follows    is    not    the    full communications    but    extracts so    the    listener    may    gain    a greater    appreciation    of    these very    special    people    and    the risks they undertake.

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The     RNLI     gold     medal posthumously     awarded to       William        Trevelyan Richards,      Coxswain      of the      ill      fated      lifeboat 'Solomon     Browne'     has gone   missing,   suspected stolen.    The    medal    was recently     identified     as     missing     from     a     dedicated secure   facility   at   the   charity's   head   office   in   Poole. Despite   an   extensive   search   the   medal   is   still   missing and police have been notified of a suspected theft. This   medal   is   of   huge   historical   importance   to   our station,    to    the    families    of    the    crew    who    lost    their lives     so     heroically,     to     the     wider     community     of Mousehole      &      Newlyn,      the      RNLI      and      beyond. Trevelyan's     gold     medal     is     irreplaceable     and     our priority   is   to   see   it   returned   to   his   family   as   soon   as possible
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Lifeboat Song Solomon Brown (Penlee Lifeboat) by Russell Holland

One of our old

pirates from

bygone days.

P   o   r   t   h   l   e   v   e   n     Lifeboat    day    is    a good    fun    day    out for all the family