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Tribute to Isles of Scilly lifeboat coxswain Lethbridge

Matthew Lethbridge with bust of himself
Image caption Matthew Lethbridge was involved in more than 150 call-outs

Tributes have been paid by the RNLI to former Isles of Scilly lifeboat coxswain Matthew Lethbridge who has died at the age of 86.

Mr Lethbridge, who passed away on St Mary's on Tuesday, served with the RNLI on the islands for 11 years before he became coxswain in in 1956.

He was involved in 151 call-outs before he retired from the lifeboat in 1985.

The RNLI said he was a "highly respected" man who remained dedicated to the charity for 40 years.

Mr Lethbridge came from a family of lifeboatmen, taking over the coxswain's position from his father, also called Matthew Lethbridge.

He won many RNLI awards, including a silver medal and two subsequent silver clasps, the charity said.

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