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Port Isaac Lifeboat Crew Get Bravery Awards
2:39pm 22nd May 2013
Three members of Port Isaac lifeboat crew who battled three metre waves to pull a father and son from the sea have been honoured for their bravery.
Peter Sleeman and his son Paul were swept into the sea while fishing at Tregardock Beach, between Port Isaac and Tintagel, in April 2012.
Sixty year old Peter died trying to save Paul.
Now the RNLI has awarded its prestigious Silver medal for Gallantry to Helmsman Damien Bolton.
Crew members Nicola-Jane Bradbury and Matthew Main have got the bronze award.
They had to battle rough seas littered with half-submerged rocks and nearby cliffs in order to pluck the two men from the sea.
Damien said: "Yeah, it's an immensely proud time. It's something that you never expect. Every day of the week, there's a lifeboat going out, doing an amazing job so to be picked out from the crowd for the rescue is a very, very proud time, yeah."
Nicola added: "It was definitely challenging, it was definitely difficult. We managed to get Paul home safely. Sadly they lost Pete. But the good thing to come out of it was that we actually managed to recover Pete and bring him home so that the family could actually lay him to rest."
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