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Skill and Gallantry Awards 2016

Awards

Since 1851, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has presented annual Skill and Gallantry Awards to recognise the UK’s unsung sea rescue heroes, as well as those who have given outstanding service to the charity.

The Edward and Maisie Lewis Award – for an outstanding air/sea rescue

Skill and Gallantry Awards

A Naval air squadron rescue crew has been recognised for their outstanding skill and gallantry in the dramatic double rescue of two injured fishermen. The crew of ‘Rescue 193’ from 771 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, has been awarded the Edward and Maisie Lewis Award after battling treacherous conditions during a double rescue from two different ships in November 2015. They first went to assistance of the Irish Fishing Vessel Patrick after she reported an injured crewman requiring urgent evacuation after his arm was crushed in the vessel’s hydraulic winch. The crew, Lt Cdr Steven Hopkins (pilot and aircraft commander), Lt Philip Ross, (second pilot), Lt Jason Sawyer (observer) and CPO Aircrewman Mark Shaw (winchman), quickly made contact with the skipper and after many difficult attempts, the winchman was able to land on the vessel and retrieve the injured fisherman.

Read the full citation here.

The Lady Swaythling Trophy – for an outstanding feat of seamanship

Skill and Gallantry Awards

The Lady Swaythling Trophy was instituted in 1973 by the late Lady Swaythling, a former Vice-President of the Society, and is awarded annually to an individual for the most outstanding feat of seamanship. The crew of HMS CLYDE, the Royal Navy’s Falkland Islands patrol vessel, has been collecting the award after a dramatic rescue of 200 passengers following a major engine room fire aboard a 10,000 tonne Antarctic cruise ship.  The crew of a Royal Navy patrol vessel has been awarded the Lady Swaythling Trophy after it battled harsh conditions during the rescue on Dolphin Cape, East Falkland in November 2015.

Individual Commendation – Luke Hallis for his outstanding role in the rescue

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Individual Commendation – for an outstanding bravery in the dramatic rescue of 142 refugees

Skill and Gallantry Awards

John Hunter, a leading member of the Lagan Search and Rescue (LSAR) Swimmer Corps, was given an Individual Commendation at the Society’s annual Skill and Gallantry Awards for his role in saving the life of a baby and recovering refugees from stricken vessels that were at risk of capsizing in the winter of 2015. Overall, the search and rescue mission saw LSAR volunteers actively involved in the rescue of 246 refugees in peril at sea or in danger of being shipwrecked.

Read the full citation here.

Awards to Honorary Agents/Volunteers

The Lord Lewin Award – for outstanding service to the Society

This award is given to Honorary Agents of the Society who have given outstanding and long service.

  • Brancaster: Cyril Southerland collected an award among Naval crews and a rescue swimmer, for his support of seafarers and their communities as an Honorary Agent of the Society.

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  • Lowestoft: Senior Superintendant Tim Jenkins of the Fishermen’s Mission collected an award among Naval crews and a rescue swimmer for his support of seafarers and their communities as an Honorary Agent of the Society.

Skill and Gallantry Awards

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Please take a look at last year’s winners by clicking here.

 

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