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Dungeness RNLI crew member nominated for BBC award

Garry ClarkPhoto by Nigel Millard - RNLIGarry Clark, a volunteer crew member at Dungeness lifeboat station, has been nominated in the Volunteer category at the BBC 999 awards for his part in the rescue of a yacht in force 9 gales earlier this year. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Thursday 16 August.

Presented by Lenny Henry and Kirsty Young, The BBC 999 Awards recognise the work of the UK's emergency services. This is the first time the awards have been presented and the ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the 999 emergency number, which came into action in 1937.

The awards acknowledge the heroic acts that the officers and volunteers of the emergency services perform on a daily basis, highlighting individuals and teams whose actions have exceeded the call of duty to help save lives and ensure the public's safety.

Garry has been nominated in recognition of his exemplary bravery and determination during the rescue of seven people from the yacht Liquid Vortex on 3 January 2012. Garry played a critical role in saving seven lives during a rescue, which took place in fierce storms and involved Garry being transferred to the casualty vessel.

Garry worked closely with his fellow crew members onboard the Dungeness all-weather lifeboat and the crew of the Dover lifeboat which joined in the rescue effort.

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  • Photo shows Garry Clark, volunteer crew member on Dungeness lifeboat at BBC 999 award nominee. Credit RNLI/Nigel Millard
  • The BBC 999 Awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Thursday 16 August.