Clovelly lifeboat station has paid tribute to two fisherman lost at sea 20 years ago today (Monday).

Sam, Max and Luke Gist with Lee Brett, ready to go lay flowers at the scene. Picture: Clovelly RNLISam, Max and Luke Gist with Lee Brett, ready to go lay flowers at the scene. Picture: Clovelly RNLI

On November 12, 1998, Clovelly fishing boat The Blue Hooker was lost, along with the lives of the lifeboat senior helm, Mark Gist and David McBride.

To mark the 20th anniversary today, Mark’s son, Sam Gist, who is now helmsmen at Clovelly Lifeboat Station, laid flowers in the area where the boat was lost, along with his brother Max, cousin Luke, and crewman Lee Brett.

Sam said: “I lived just two doors down from the Clovelly Lifeboat Station during my early childhood, it has always been a part of my life and it runs in my blood.

Mark Gist with his son Sam. Picture: Clovelly RNLIMark Gist with his son Sam. Picture: Clovelly RNLI

“My dad was a Clovelly fisherman who, along with his friend, lost his life on a fishing trip in rough seas when I was six.

“My dad and two of my uncles played big roles at the station, as soon as I was old enough to join as crew I was there and I’ve been there ever since.

“Part of what makes the crew at Clovelly so special is the pride and passion of the all volunteer crew, a crew that I am honoured to be a part of.

David McBride. Picture: Clovelly RNLIDavid McBride. Picture: Clovelly RNLI

“I am now a helmsman and the crew are like my family (some are my family!).

“When I am on the boat I feel a strong connection to my dad.

“He was also a helmsman of the Clovelly lifeboat whilst it was a privately run station in the early 90s and when it became a part of the RNLI and he remains my inspiration.

“This year marks 20 years since my dad passed away but his presence is always with me and there’s not a single time I set foot into the station without looking up to my hero watching over us.”

Clovelly villager Dan Garnett was a lifeboat crewman at the time Mark and David died.

He said: “Mark was Clovelly; a real Clovelly fisherman and lifeboat man.

“I am proud to have served with him.He had respect in the village and at sea and his legacy lives on.

“At this time of reflection, all our fondest thoughts go to Mark and Dave’s families

“It was the roughest RNLI lifeboat service I have undertaken in searching for two of our own. I am immensely proud of the crew and the lifeboat 20 years ago.”