Lifesaving marina staff recognised for bravery
Four MDL marina staff have been recognised for their bravery after rescuing a berth holder who fell into the water.
When Chrissie Cockburn lost her balance, slipped from the pontoon at Shamrock Quay and fell unconscious and face down in the water, boatyard supervisor Andy Trim and marina operative, Colin Cool didn’t hesitate to jump in to pull her out.
They were helped by marina manager, Jonathan Walcroft and marina supervisor Barry Radband.
“I am extremely grateful to my four rescuers for their swift actions,” said Mrs Cockburn. “Unfortunately I was not wearing a life jacket at the time as I was simply walking along the pontoon from my boat, Ilkallia.
“I tried to steady myself, but misjudged the distance to the hose reel station and toppled into the water. I’m now fit and well and back enjoying life on the water.”
In recognition of their actions to save the life of Mrs Cockburn, the team of four from MDL have been awarded with Royal Humane Society commendations.
The Royal Humane Society awards are presented for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and for effecting successful resuscitations.
“Our marina teams all undergo extensive first aid and life-saving training, but it’s very rare that their skills are put to the test in this way,” said MDL Marinas MD Lesley Robinson. “It’s great to see that they all kept their heads and their training kicked in.”
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