A Penarth RNLI volunteer has retired after a decade of service.

Huw Pickford served as a volunteer for the Penarth RNLI for 12 years, where he was part of the shore crew and a tractor driver.

Mr Pickford decided to retire in 2023 due to family and work commitments.

Despite his retirement, Huw's dedicated service to Penarth RNLI hasn't gone unnoticed.

In recognition of his contributions, he was presented with an RNLI letter of appreciation.

The letter was signed by RNLI director of lifesaving operations, John Payne.

Jason Dunlop, Penarth lifeboat operations manager, presented the letter to Huw on April 10.

Mr Dunlop said: "Although Huw was never sea-going crew during his time at the lifeboat station, both the roles he held form part of our vital lifesaving operations, meaning our lifeboats can launch on the water as quickly as possible.

"This letter of appreciation signifies the important role Huw played as part of our one crew."

In 2018, Huw had an active role in a lifesaving operation.

A young woman had fallen off the Penarth Esplanade, and Huw, along with the public and friends of the woman, provided immediate help.

Using a throw line and lifejackets from the lifeboat station, Huw entered the water with high tides to support the woman who was struggling to hold on.

The lifeboat crew had been alerted and arrived soon to assist her.

Mr Dunlop added: "We at Penarth Lifeboat Station thank Huw and are very proud of him - he will always be part of our RNLI family."

Reflecting on his years of service, Huw said: "Volunteering at Penarth RNLI has been a big part of my life and some of the best years too.

"It's been a great honour to have volunteered alongside and become friends with such amazing men and women, it has been like a family to me, thank you."