05 March 2018

Maritime Charity Ready to Honour Deserving Mariners for Their Courage Again  

Nominations Wanted for Heroes of the Sea

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Shipping News Feature WORLDWIDE – Born out of a tragedy almost 180 years ago, UK national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, is calling on members of the global maritime and rescue communities to nominate those who have demonstrated outstanding courage and expertise in aiding those in peril at sea, for its 167th Skill and Gallantry Awards.

In 1838 the 11 strong fishing fleet with a total crew of 26 men sailed out from the tiny Devon harbour of Clovelly. Caught in the grip of a ferocious storm only two of the tiny ships returned to port with the cost of 21 lives. The incident proved the spark for an organisation which has gone on to support the distressed families of those who have suffered ill fate at sea, including around 80,000 seamen, their widows, orphans and aged parents throughout World War ll.

Last year alone the Society distributed more than £1.4 million in grants in over 2,000 cases of need and it received 565 new applications for assistance and now the Society is calling for nominations of acts of rescue that took place between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. Among last year’s recipients were Captain Patrik Norrgård, for the rescue of a seven-man crew from a sinking ship in the Dover Traffic Separation Scheme and Captain Jamie Wilson for his role in the rescue of over 900 migrants in the Mediterranean. Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Captain Justin Osmond, commented:

“Our Skill and Gallantry Awards help to raise awareness of the professionalism, courage and selflessness that our seafarers and rescue crews demonstrate in keeping others, whether they be maritime professionals or members of the public, safe from the dangers of the sea. The Society has been presenting these awards for 167 years and once again we are calling for nominations for those who have acted with skill and gallantry in rescuing those in peril at sea so that we, and the wider community, can acknowledge their tremendous efforts.”

The closing date for nominations is noon on Friday 4 May 2018. To submit a nomination for this year’s Skill and Gallantry Awards, contact: Justin Osmond, Chief Executive, Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, 1 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL Tel: +44 (0)1243 789329 or email general@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk

Photo: Captain Patrik Norrgård & Captain Marek Rowinski.

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