Chief Coastguard's commendations

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:09 GMT

The efforts of three individuals are to be recognised by the award of the Chief Coastguard's Commendations for exceptional and meritorious service during 2008.

Ian Weller, Coastguard Rescue Officer, Torbay, for the rescue of a woman at Berry Head on the night of 8 March 2008. Ian was the cliff man attending to a woman intent on harming herself. After a tense period of negotiations the woman made a determined attempt to jump to her death. Showing great determination and courage, Ian overpowered the woman and, having moved her to a place of relative safety, fitted her with a harness so that she could be recovered.

Robert Jones, Coastguard Rescue Officer, Cemaes Bay, for the rescue of a man at Cemaes Bay on the evening of 24 May 2008. Robert attended an incident where an angler had been swept off rocks in heavy seas. Whilst his two team mates donned water entry gear, Robert went to the shoreline to keep the casualty under observation. Realising that the tide would imminently carry the casualty to his death, with a moment to act and with no thought for himself, Robert entered the water and swam with the casualty to a rock, from where both men were recovered by lifeboat.

Jon Rogers, Principal Arqiva Engineer, for continuing dedication to duty. Over the past 12 years there have been many occasions where Jon has worked tirelessly to keep the Coastguard communications infrastructure working, often in the face of adversity and on one occasion from a hospital bed whilst seriously unwell. Jon lead the team behind the restoration of MRCC Falmouth after the devastating lightning strike in January of this year.

Rod Johnson, Chief Coastguard said: "Ian and Robert have acted in the very highest traditions of the service, and I know that we are all extremely proud to serve with them.

"Jon's diligence and dedication has ensured that we have the tools we need to do our job, and we are all extremely grateful to him."