Leicester Tigers brothers Tom and Ben Youngs have made honorary members of RNLI lifeboat crew at Sheringham in Norfolk.
RNLI branch chairman Phil Hawes said: “Tom and Ben grew up in north Norfolk and spent their summers on the beach at Sheringham. They’ve become exceptional men who, through their sport, display brilliantly all the qualities we look for in our lifeboat crew – dedicated, hard-working team players who daily strive to be the very best in a physically and mentally tough environment.
“It is not only their skills and achievements that impress, it is their humility, honesty and integrity, the way they carry themselves, deal with life’s challenges and treat others.
“Tom and Ben are tremendous role models and we want to recognise that.”
Sheringham RNLI celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017 and have made the Tigers brothers the first-ever honorary crew members.
“We are an incredibly proud community and have been celebrating our heritage and those who have gone before us,” said Hawes.
“Never before has honorary membership of the Sheringham lifeboat crew been offered to anyone and we are delighted Tom and Ben have accepted.
“Sheringham and Leicester have strong links. All those coming to the coast for a weekend or holiday will be most welcome at The Lifeboat House.
“The RNLI exists to save lives. Not only are the Sheringham crew and station on alert 24/7 every day of the year to launch the lifeboat, but in the last year we have educated over 1,000 young people on how to stay safe by the sea and in the water.”