Penlee Lifeboat Station had its flag at half mast as the team paid tribute to retired crew member and local teacher Graham Henderson who died last week.

Mr Henderson served in various roles within the RNLI for 30 years and was awarded a Medal Service Certificate for his part in the rescue of the Newlyn crabber Julian Paul in December 1994.

Over the years, he helped saved 35 lives.

A spokesperson for the Penlee station said: “Graham was a true gent and one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. He was a very important member of the team at Penlee – a first class and knowledgeable seaman.”

In 2020 the chief executive of the RNLI, Mark Dowie, presented Mr Henderson with a certificate in recognition of his invaluable service to the crew and station.

Graham Henderson who served the RLNI for 30 years
Graham Henderson who served the RLNI for 30 years (RNLI)

He served as ALB crew between 1991-96, emergency mechanic between 95-96, assistance mechanic between 1996-99, deputy second coxswain 1999-2000, second mechanic 2000-2003 and deputy launching authority between 2008-2019.

RNLI coxswain Patch Harvey said: “Graham was a great person to be around and a fantastic crewman. He committed himself to the RNLI over many years, covering many different roles at Penlee. He was someone I truly looked up to, a very good friend and someone I’m going to miss a great deal.”