RNLI flags at half-mast in memory of Weston crewman
RNLI lifeboat station has its flag at half-mast this week in memory
of a crewmember at Weston who has sadly died.
Giles, 46, was working on his yacht moorings on the River Axe, when
he lost his life in a tragic accident involving his Land Rover.
leaves behind his wife Ruth, and daughters Poppy and Holly, aged
14 and 10 respectively.
who was a carpenter, was best known for his role within Weston RNLI,
which he joined as a member of the crew in 1993.
served on the crew until 2000, and then as a helmsman until 2012.
During that period, Westons station saved 97 lives, with Paul
among the rescuers.
rejoined the lifeboat team last year, serving on the management
group responsible for authorising the lifeboat launches.
lifeboat operations manager Mike Buckland, who served with Paul
for most of his service, said: "I am truly devastated at losing
a friend, fellow lifeboatman and member of our station management
man with such passion and commitment will be sadly missed by everyone
at Weston lifeboat station. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth,
Poppy, Holly and Pauls wider family at this most difficult
heroic actions include a rescue 20 years ago, in which the crew
was called to a report of two nightclubbers who had gone for a swim
by the Grand Pier. Although the coastguard advised they would have
been pushed towards Sand Bay, Pauls team used their local
knowledge, and knew the casualties would have been swept towards
Brean Down. Paul heard them shouting for help, and they were found
just seconds from drowning.
RNLI spokesman said: "Those two men owe their lives to Pauls
hearing and his driving focus on locating them in the darkness before
it was too late."
was a member of Weston Bay Yacht Club and had taken up sailing with
his own boat.
RNLI added: "It was while working on his yacht moorings on
the bank of the River Axe a tragic, freak accident happened involving
his Land Rover, resulting in him losing his life."
tragedy of the loss of Paul Giles is a dreadful blow to his family
and to the lifeboat crew and station he served so well. He will
be sorely missed."
was a truly dedicated family man and despite being extremely hard
working at his job and fully committed to the RNLI, his family always
funeral will be held on July 19 at 3.30pm, at Christ Church in Montpelier.
Family flowers only are sought but donations can be made to Weston
RNLI, via Groves Funeral Directors, in Worle High Street.
RNLI said: "We extend our condolences to Paul's family and
colleagues. The RNLI is a family, and any loss becomes personal."