Press Notice No: 136-12
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Posted 16:53 GMT
COASTGUARD RESCUE OFFICER AWARDED FOR RESCUING UNCONSCIOUS TEENAGER FROM SEA
Coastguard Rescue Officer Ian Deakin has been awarded the MCA Chief Executives Volunteer of the Year Award after saving a 17–year-old who was found lying face down in the sea off the East Sussex coast.
From left to right, Acting Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond, Chief Executive Sir Alan Massey, Coastguard Rescue Officer Ian Deakin and Richard Parkes, Director of Maritime Operations.
Ian was part of the Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team sent to Splash Point in Seaford on 8 June 2011, along with the Birling Gap team. Ian was already prepared when he arrived on scene, kitted out in his dry-suit, water rescue lifejacket, boots and helmet. He was then connected up to a 40 metre floating line to help him reach the casualty.
In terrible weather and poor visibility, it took Ian and the two rescue teams great skill and courage to rescue the young man. Ian was taken to hospital along with the casualty, but both made a full recovery.
Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: This was an exceptional rescue in very difficult conditions.
I know that Ian is the recipient of this individual award, but in effect he symbolises the outstanding collaboration that we have come to expect of our Coastguards. It was a simply brilliant team effort.
Her Majestys Coastguard is very much an integral part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and I am proud to lead an organisation that is eager to celebrate success and to highlight great achievements.
HM Coastguard is supported by 3,500 volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers. They can be called out by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to respond to those in trouble or missing, to seek confirmation or further information of a report, or to participate in a joint response to an emergency.
Posted By: Joanne Rawlings
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