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Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Annual Blessing and Awards – September 2012

On Sunday 9 September 2012, the annual Dungeness RNLI Blessing and Awards ceremony took place at the boathouse. The Reverend Sarah Williams from the Lydd Parish Church took the very moving service.

Afterwards, the Vice Chairman of the RNLI, Mr. Jan Kopernicki presented retirement awards to Peter Stretton, retiring DLA, Bill Cloud retiring foreman launcher and Coxswain Stuart Adams with his 30 years service badge. He then went on to present the RNLI's special awards to the seven crew who went out in storm force weather conditions to save seven people from the yacht Liquid Vortex on 3 January, 2012. Duty Coxswain on that day, Mark Richardson and Mechanic Trevor Bunney received RNLI Vellums, certificates and badges, Garry Clark and crewmen Roger Gillett, Terry Ashford, Simon Collins and Jeff Henderson received RNLI certificates and silver badges. (Garry Clark also received a silver medal for his courage at the Barbican last May)

liquid vortex crew with 12 27 640w

Photograph shows crew from the Liquid Vortex rescue, from left to right:
Simon Collins, Mechanic - Trevor Bunney, Roger Gillett, Jeff Henderson, Garry Clark, Terry Ashford and Duty Coxswain - Mark Richardson

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