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Scott presented with RNLI 20-year service medal

By Staff Reporter- NOSN

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A VOLUNTEER crew member of Thurso lifeboat has been presented with the RNLI 20-year service medal.

It was handed over to Scott Farquhar by John Thurso, Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness, during an event last Friday evening at the lifeboat station in Scrabster with fellow crew members and family present.

John Thurso said: "Scott was brought up in the RNLI as the Farquhar family is, of course, very well known for its dedication and commitment to the RNLI.

"As Her Majesty the Queen's representative in the county it gives me great pleasure to attend this type of event, especially when it's for such an essential, lifesaving, voluntary service that the general public value and support so well."

Scott’s father, Billy, joined the RNLI in1969 and served for 45 years. His first shout was the Longhope disaster in March 1969 when the Thurso lifeboat recovered the upturned Longhope vessel and towed it back to Scrabster.

In1999 Billy was awarded the bronze medal for heroism when, as coxswain, he and his crew prevented the burning chemical tanker Ascania from crashing into the Caithness coast. As a precaution 500 members of the public were evacuated from their homes near Dunnet Head.

Scott said: "I have been involved in the RNLI since a very early age and spent many a day with my late father at the lifeboat station at Scrabster."

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