Skilled and gallant rescuers honoured at awards ceremony

Captain Patrik Norrgård (left) of the P&O Ferry, 'MV Norstream' accepts his award Captain Patrik Norrgård (left) of the P&O Ferry, 'MV Norstream' accepts his award

Outstanding acts of skill and gallantry were recognised at an awards ceremony held in London in October. Two merchant ship captains and an RLNI lifeguard were given awards in recognition of their outstanding acts of skill and gallantry for saving lives at sea.

The national Skill and Gallantry Awards, now in their 166th year, were presented at Fishmongers’ Hall by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, President of national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.  The Society provides assistance to those suffering financial hardship during or after a life at sea.

The Lady Swaythling Trophy for ‘Outstanding Seamanship’ was presented to Captain Patrik Norrgård  of the P&O Ferry, MV Norstream, for coming to the rescue of a sinking ship in the Dover Traffic Separation Scheme earlier this year. He was honoured for his skilled and timely rescue of the seven man crew of MV Fluvius Tamar in January. His Chief Officer, Captain Marek Rowiński, was also rewarded for his crucial role in the rescue.

An Individual Commendation was awarded to Jamie Wilson, Captain of the UK-flagged ROV support vessel, Deep Vision, for conducting nine rescue missions in the space of four days earlier this year north of the coast of Libya and rescuing more than 900 migrants.

An Individual Commendation was also awarded to Freddie Hedger, a senior RNLI lifeguard at Croyde Beach in North Devon, for the courageous rescue of an unconscious body boarder who had found herself in serious trouble after being caught in difficult sea conditions.

Awards were also presented to charity volunteers for outstanding service and commitment to the Society’s work.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, commented: “Our awards for skill and gallantry celebrate the endeavours of those helping to save life at sea. It is also the occasion for acknowledging the tremendous work of our volunteers, some of whom have been supporting the charity for over 20 years.”

To find out more information about the Charity, visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, www.facebook.com/shipwreckedmariners or follow @ShipwreckedSoc on Twitter.

By Jake Frith

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