Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Officer Ian Deakin has been awarded the MCA Chief Executive’s Volunteer of the Year Award after saving a 17–year-old boy who was found lying face down in the sea off the Sussex coast.
Ian was part of the Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team sent to Splash Point in Seaford on 8 June, 2011, along with the Birling Gap team.
He was already prepared when he arrived on scene, kitted out in his dry-suit, water rescue lifejacket, boots and helmet.
He was then connected up to a 40 metre floating line to help him reach the casualty in terrible weather and poor visibility.
It took Ian and the two rescue teams great skill and courage to rescue the teenager.
Ian was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, along with the casualty, but both made a full recovery.
Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “This was an exceptional rescue in very difficult conditions.
“I know that Ian is the recipient of this individual award, but in effect he symbolises the outstanding collaboration that we have come to expect of our Coastguards. It was a simply brilliant team effort.”
“Her Majesty’s Coastguard is very much an integral part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and I am proud to lead an organisation that is eager to celebrate success and to highlight great achievements.”
HM Coastguard is supported by 3,500 volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers.
They can be called out by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at any time of the day or night, in all weathers.
Its rescue officers respond to people in trouble or those who have been reported missing.
The photo shows from left acting chief Coastguard Peter Dymond, chief executive Sir Alan Massey, rescue officer Ian Deakin and Richard Parkes, director of Maritime Operations.