Nominations sought for maritime rescue awards

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A leading UK-based seafaring charity is urging maritime professionals to nominate colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding skill and bravery in rescuing those in peril at sea.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society which has provided financial support to merchant seafarers, fishing vessel crews and their dependants since 1839 — will hold its 166th Skill and Gallantry Awards Ceremony in October. The awards seek to recognise those who have shown exceptional courage in the face of adversity.

The charity’s chief executive, Malcolm Williams, said: ‘Every year we see men and women who have shown outstanding skill and bravery recognised, and I am sure this year will be no different.

‘The awards raise awareness of the professionalism and selflessness seafarers and rescue crews demonstrate in keeping others, whether they be seafarers or members of the public, safe from the dangers of the sea. Ultimately, I hope these awards go some way towards acknowledging their tremendous efforts.’

Within the past year the Society has provided financial support in more than 2,000 cases of need, received over 500 new applications for assistance and distributed grants in excess of £1.4m.

Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. You can submit them by contacting: Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive, Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, 1 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL. Tel: 01243 789329; email: The closing date for nominations is 1200hrs on Friday 5 May.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017