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Coxswain David MacAskill Bravery Awards for Lochinver Lifeboat Crew, Scottish Borders
Coxswain David MacAskill

Bravery Awards for Lochinver Lifeboat Crew

The crew of Lochinver lifeboat have been recognised for their bravery while helping to save the lives of four fishermen in stormy conditions.

Coxswain David MacAskill will be awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry - one of the charity's highest accolades.

His six crew members will receive a Thanks of the Institution award.

The men had to contend with gale force winds and 10-metre waves while rescuing the Norholm in December 2014.

Coxswain MacAskill, who has been on the Lochinver crew for 26 years, said:
"This was the most difficult shout we have had due to the size of the boat, the weather conditions and where the boat was positioned.
"The ship had two anchors out but they were not holding her and there was real danger she could run aground."

The 47-year-old's six crew, including the coxswain's nephew and son, were Stuart Gudgeon, Robert Kinnaird, James MacAskill, John K Templeton, Joseph Mackay and Lachlan D MacAskill.

The whole sea-faring community thanks these brave men for their selfless devotion to duty in the most dangerous conditions.

Bravery Awards for Lochinver Lifeboat Crew, Scotland