Obituary – former Filey lifeboat coxswain Malcolm Johnson, 68

Former Filey Lifeboat coxswain Malcolm Johnson passed away following a short illness.
Former Filey Lifeboat coxswain Malcolm Johnson passed away following a short illness.

It is with great sadness that Filey Lifeboat announces that our former coxswain, Malcolm Johnson, passed away on Monday 18 April, a few days before his 68th birthday, following a short illness.

Malcolm served the RNLI for almost 50 years and was appointed coxswain of our all-weather lifeboat from 1998 to 2003.

His first service call was in October 1968. During his service he has seen two all-weather lifeboats and a number of inshore lifeboats at Filey.

He was awarded the RNLI Vellum of Thanks for entering exceptionally rough seas, from the all-weather lifeboat, off Flamborough Head to rescue a fisherman who had fallen from the grasp of a helicopter winchman following the capsize of the vessel Northwind 111 and the loss of the coble CarolSandra.

He received an RNLI Letter of Thanks for the dramatic rescue of a yacht, Araxian, just north of Filey Brig in gale conditions during which a crew member was washed overboard from the yacht.

He also received a Letter of Thanks for the rescue of the yacht, Kilpeacon, which had founded on rocks near Flamborough. He coxswained and helmed both boats on numerous other rescues and services including a 14 hour call to an RAF Tornado which had crashed into the North Sea some 35 miles east of Filey and saving the life of a fisherman washed off the Brig in dangerous conditions; just to mention two.

Sons Richard and Mark have carried on that Lifeboat tradition: Richard on Filey Crew and Mark with the Isle of Arran (Lamlash) crew.

His first wife, Jean, passed away in 2003.

He leaves a second wife, Ann, and two sons from his first marriage: Richard and Mark.