Seven volunteers from the charity have been recognised for their contribution to saving lives at sea

Seven RNLI volunteers have been recognised for their contributions to saving lives in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours List.

Hugh Fogarty, David Martin, Mike Hewitt, Roy Pascoe, Steve Davies, Sue Watson and Tom Ridyard were among a handful of RNLI volunteers to be featured.

From creating pioneering voluntary flood rescue teams to vital fundraising, all seven of those recognised have done outstanding work for the charity.

Five of the RNLI volunteers on the New Year Honours List were made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), while two were awarded British Empire Medals (BEM).

Recently revived by Prime Minister David Cameron, the BEM is given to people for work in their local community, while MBEs recognise distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.

RNLI chief executive Paul Bossier said: “I’m immensely proud of the tireless RNLI volunteers who have received New Year Honours this year – it’s a well-deserved recognition of their outstanding service to our charity.

“It is humbling to see the hard work and dedication of people like this – they have all done so much to help us save lives at sea and we couldn’t do our lifesaving work without them.”

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