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Skill and Gallantry Awards

Award winners 2017

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 Lady Swaythling Trophy – for an outstanding feat of seamanship

Captain Patrik Norrgård & Captain Marek Rowinski

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.

Captain Patrik Norrgård was presented with the Trophy for the rescue of a seven man crew from a sinking ship in the Dover Traffic Separation Scheme on 13 January. His Chief Officer, Captain Marek Rowiński, was also recognised for his part in the rescue.

Read the full citation here.

Individual Commendation – Captain Jamie Wilson 

Captain Jamie Wilson, of Deep Vision, was given an Individual Commendation at the charity’s national awards ceremony for commanding nine separate search and rescue operations off the coast of Libya over four days in January and February, during which 907 refugees, including a significant number of children, were rescued.

Captain Wilson was commended for providing essential support to emergency services and responding promptly and professionally to distress messages.

Read the full citation here.

Individual Commendation – Mr Freddie Hedger

Freddie Hedger

Freddie Hedger was given an Individual Commendation at the ceremony for the rescue of a body boarder who found herself in serious trouble after being caught in difficult sea conditions, facing large surf.

The RNLI lifeguard was commended for putting his own life at risk as he left his rescue board to swim towards the casualty at Croyde Beach, North Devon.

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.

  • Newcastle and Blyth: Bruce Coltman received a Lord Lewin Award for his volunteer work, having been an Honorary Agent since 2009. Over the years, Bruce has supported the Society’s beneficiaries by completing application forms for regular and one-off grants, checking to see if any additional support is required  and completing reviews of beneficiaries’ circumstances.

Bruce Coltman

Read the full citation here.

  • Jersey: Captain Robert Asplet was presented with a Lord Lewin award to acknowledge his outstanding service as an Honorary Agent in Jersey since 1996. Robert has played a key role for the Charity in Jersey for over two decades, maintaining three of its large collecting mines, regularly emptying, painting and refurbishing them.

Read the full citation here.

  • Malta: Philip Hili, who has worked as an Honorary Agent in Malta for 21 years, has been recognised with a Lord Lewin award for his outstanding reliability and commitment to supporting beneficiaries for over two decades.

Read the full citation here.

  • Teignmouth: Robert Phipps, whose ice cream kiosk is located next to the Society’s collecting mine in Teignmouth, was presented with a Lord Lewin award for his efforts in restoring and maintaining the mine, enabling it to make a steady contribution to the Society’s income.

Read the full citation here.

Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial and practical help, assistance and advice to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of being at sea or in retirement.

To celebrate Britain’s proud and enduring connection with the sea, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society runs a national annual photography competition. Launched to mark national Seafarers Awareness Week in June, the Charity encourages amateur and professional photographers to find the UK’s ultimate sea view.

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