Dungeness Lifeboat Management Committee Chairman

Peter ThomasFrom the age of seventeen, Peter stood in for many crew when they missed a lifeboat shout. When his father John Thomas retired from the lifeboat in 1970 Peter took over his lifeboat 'belt' and also took on the post of Emergency Mechanic serving under Coxswains Ben Tart and Alfred (Honker) Haines.

On 11 February 1974 the RNLI lifeboat "Mabel E. Holland' was launched to land a severely injured sea man from the vessel Merc Texico in hurricane force winds and very rough seas, six miles east north east of Dungeness Point for which Ben Tart received an RNLI silver medal and Peter received an RNLI bronze medal.

In 1977 he took the position of 2nd Coxswain under the command of Coxswain William Richardson. In 1987 Peter received an RNLI long service medal retiring from the lifeboat service in 1992 and received a vellum from the RNLI recording 26 years of service and credited with assisting in saving 96 lives. He was appointed in 2011 as Chairman of the Dungeness RNLI Management Committee. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is married to Janet and they have recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They live in Lydd and he works for the MOD on the Lydd Ranges.