New Brighton Lifeboat Volunteer Receives Gallantry Award for Sea Rescue

A special award has been given to a lifeboat volunteer who assisted in the rescue of a man and his dog under difficult weather in Merseyside.

The bronze gallantry medal was awarded to Michael Stannard of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for his role in the rescue at New Brighton.

HRH Duke of Kent’s award was a “proud day” for the crew participating in the July 2020 rescue, he added.

Because a lady died during the rescue, the helmsman stated it was “tainted with melancholy.”

Christine Robinson, 57, was attempting to save her dog when it was washed into the sea off Kings Parade, according to her relatives.

The RNLI saved her son Niall and their dog.

Oz Ramsey, Emily Craven, and Thomas McGinn, who were also involved in the rescue, each got a framed letter of gratitude.

“It was a tremendous honor to travel down to London and meet the head of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, HRH the Duke Kent, and represent New Brighton and the crew engaged that day,” Mr Stannard said.

The helmsman went on to say that he was “very happy… to bring a medal back to the crew,” but that it was “tainted with regret” since “we couldn’t save everyone that day… and our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go to the family.”

Mr Stannard added, “It was a terrible day; the circumstances were really severe, but happily as a team we were able to retrieve one man and his dog.”

It was “an incredibly tough call carried out in very adverse conditions,” according to Peter Rooney, RNLI area lifesaving manager.

“In very shallow waters and with extremely restricted sea room so close to the sea wall, the lifeboat was operating at the high limits of its weather capabilities.”

The team showed “an excess of courage while operating in a risky situation,” according to Ian Thornton, operations manager of the RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat.

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