RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

07/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/15/2019 04:13

Ramsey RNLI honoured at the Isle of Man Chief Constable’s Annual Awards Ceremony

Ramsey RNLI volunteers were recognised for their dedication and outstanding performance at the Isle of Man Chief Constable's Annual Award Ceremony.

The ceremony honours officers, special constables, support staff, community volunteers and the public and took place at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas on Tuesday 9 July. The awards were presented by his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO.

The Chief Constable's commendation was awarded 'For teamwork, dedication and hard work that helped save a life' and goes on to say, 'On 21stAugust 2018 police officers found a young woman sitting close to the foot of Ramsey's South Pier; she was in distress and was threatening to enter the sea in order to take her own life. As officers were talking to her she entered the water and swam out to sea. In the circumstances and being aware of the strong currents in the area officers correctly decided not to swim after her. However, they made a series of correct and important decisions that led to the beginning of a major and lengthy search for the woman.

'Calm, clear weather conditions deteriorated, with fog settling across Ramsey Bay. This made the search by police officers, members of the Coastguard, volunteers from the search and rescue dogs association, and the crew of Ramsey lifeboat especially difficult.

'Those involved feared the worst, when the woman's clothes were found by Matt, one of the dogs involved in the search.

'Eventually, after a terrific effort by all involved, the woman was found in the sea half a mile offshore. She resisted the efforts of the lifeboat crew to save her, but she was eventually brought safely to land, where she received hospital treatment. She later wrote to the Chief Constable to praise the efforts of everyone involved in saving her life.

'For their determination, skill and hard work without which a young woman could have died, SARDA, the RNLI, Ramsey Coast Guard, Detective Constable Jenette Krecjci, Constables Rachel Christian, Simon Taylor, Clare Sproule-Craine and Sergeant Scott Mylchreest are formally commended.'

Among those commended were twenty Ramsey RNLI volunteers; Greg Anderson, Ali Clague, Carl Buck, Ray Christian, Jason Colley, Darren Corkill, Dawn Dickens, Gordon Dickens, Wayne Hargrave, Jon Honey, Mark Kenyon, Stephan Lang, Martin Packard, Alan Presford, Edd Saunders, Theresa Shammon, Michelle Stewardson, Craig Walmsley, Andy Walton and Jack Warrilow.

Following the ceremony Ramsey RNLI's coxswain Mark Kenyon said, 'It was an honour for the station to receive this recognition from the Chief Constable for what was a great team effort. Although it was not a demanding service it did require a number of small teams from different agencies working together to ensure a successful outcome. It clearly demonstrates what can be achieved at any time of day or night in a small community when everyone pulls together.'

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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