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Sir Jock presents bravery awards

Posted Sat 7th June 2008 at 08:00

Seven lifeboat volunteers from Alderney have been awarded special certificates for rescuing two men and a dog in perilous weather conditions.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) members Declan Gaudion, Steve Wright, Dean Geran, Paul Fairclough, Brian Frost, Mark Gaudion and Victoria McAllister were each given a memento at a ceremony attended by Admiral Sir Jock Slater, chairman of the RNLI.

The daring rescue of Southampton men George Manse and Kevin Payne, as well as their dog Daisy, took place 12 miles off the coast of Alderney on July 4 last year.

Coastguards in France and Guernsey sent out an SOS shortly after midnight and coxswain Mr Gaudion launched Alderney's trench lifeboat Roy Barker I at 12.15am.

Alderney's crew had to battle force eight gales but eventually tracked down Abundance, a motor fishing vessel, and immediately attempted to pump water from the boat.

Unfortunately the crew was unable to save the stricken vessel, so deputy cox Mr Wright and crew member Mr Geran bravely decided to board the boat in order to save those on board.

Sir Jock praised the crew's professionalism and dedication during Thursday evening's ceremony at the Georgian House.

He said: "It was a textbook example of the professionalism and dedication of lifeboat volunteers."

Mr Gaudion, Mr Wright and Mr Geran each received a Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum. The four other crew members were awarded Vellum Service Certificates.

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