The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on members of the maritime community and sea rescue organisations in Torbay and across the UK to nominate colleagues and fellow volunteers for their heroic acts of bravery at sea for its annual Skill and Gallantry Awards.
The society, which supports ex-merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependents in times of financial hardship, has been presenting the awards every year since 1851.
Last year saw crews and individuals from four dramatic sea rescues honoured. Among last year’s recipients were: the helicopter crew of ‘Rescue 193’ from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, who carried out the daring rescue of five French fishermen from their sinking trawler; Petty Officer (Aircrewman) Russell Adams, also from 771 Squadron, was recognised for his role in a separate incident; RNLI Helmsman Derek Pusey for his part in the challenging rescue of two men cut off by the tide; his colleague, Crewman Clive Williams, was also honoured for swimming to the casualties; and finally, RNLI Coxswain Paul Legendre was recognised for his outstanding leadership, seamanship and perseverance in searching for a missing boy for 6 hours.
The nominations for this year’s awards are now open and the Society is looking for the maritime community in Torbay to put forward examples of outstanding acts of bravery and heroism.To submit nominations (required by May 8, 2015) contact: Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive, Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, 1 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL Tel: 01243 789329 [email protected]
In the last year the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society handled 650 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4million across 2,200 cases of need.
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders whose constituency includes all of the waters within Torbay, said: “It is right to honour our unsung heroes who risk their lives to keep seafarers’ and members of the public safe.”
For more information about the awards visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk
(from a press release)