RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

08/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/25/2019 08:28

RNLI Torbay remembers outstanding bravery

A five foot surf and strong winds were battering the cove when RNLI Torbay's volunteer crew arrived on scene at 16.00 that day. Realising that the lifeboat would be unable to reach the shore in these conditions, Second Coxswain Bower dropped anchor and veered the lifeboat down to within 50 yards of the beach and volunteer crew member and professional diver John Dew put himself forward to swim ashore with a line.

Removing his sea boots, but wearing his oilskins and life jacket, John Dew managed to reach the cove and hauled in the breeches buoy to the shore. Using this line he took seven trips to and from the lifeboat to bring the entire party to safety before finally suffering total exhaustion.

The RNLI Torbay volunteers then landed the survivors at Dartmouth before returning to Brixham at 2010 hours. John Dew was awarded the RNLI's Bronze Medal for his outstanding courage and determination shown that day.