Wadebridge couple make RNLI donation in memory of man lost at sea.
THE closest friends of a man who died off the North Cornwall coast have raised money in his memory and donated it to Port Isaac RNLI whose crew made a courageous attempt to save him.
Peter Sleeman died trying to save his son Paul when both were swept off rocks at Tregardock last April.
The lifeboat crew rescued Paul but could not save his 60-year-old father.
The three crew have received three of the highest RNLI awards for their bravery: helmsman Damien Bolton a silver medal for gallantry and his colleagues Nicola-Jane Bradbury and Matt Main bronze awards.
Since the tragedy the Sleemans, from St Teath, and their friends have raised funds for Port Isaac RNLI and made many donations.
Now Martin and Myra Langdon have donated £760, raised by illuminating their Wadebridge home with Christmas lights.
For 14 years Peter Sleeman helped them decorate their home for the festive season, and their first efforts in 1998 raised £40.
Since then each year has seen the display grow; for the switch-on in December 2012 there were 16,000 bulbs and a record amount of £760 was raised.
Last weekend the couple came with the Sleeman family and other friends to Port Isaac to meet members of the lifeboat crew and committee and to present a cheque.
Branch chairman Bob Bulgin said the donations in memory of Mr Sleeman had helped to provide new equipment.
"It's enabled the station to invest in several key items of equipment required for advanced sea rescue training, a new chart table and chart plotter for the station and a certain amount of financial cover relating to operational running costs, and we're all very grateful," he said.
As a token of appreciation engraved RNLI Shields of Grateful Thanks were presented to Martin, Myra and the Sleeman family by Mr Main and Mr Bolton. They and Nicki Bradbury, will receive their medals in May at a ceremony at the Barbican in London.