Dorset

Queen's Birthday Honour for Poole RNLI lifeboat volunteer

RNLI volunteer, Barry Cox Image copyright RNLI/Evie Prescott
Image caption Barry Cox, 84, has volunteered his services to the RNLI for nearly 30 years

A volunteer who has helped preserve 190 years of lifeboat rescue records has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Poole-based RNLI volunteer, Barry Cox, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Mr Cox said: "It's an absolute honour to receive this award, it's a very proud moment for me."

The 84-year-old retired bank worker has carried out the voluntary work at the Dorset station since 1986.

'Hugely important'

The charity said he was nominated for his work in "ensuring unique historical records have been preserved".

"Without him, much of the collection, would not have survived."

It added the historical records were "hugely important for the families of those brave men and women who have lost their lives at sea."

The earliest records from the archive have recently been recognised as being of national importance by UNESCO.

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