Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has paid tribute to the work of air and sea rescue workers and organisations in the United Kingdom, and has called for nominations for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s annual Skill and Gallantry Awards.
The Society, which provides support to former merchant seafarers and fishermen, together with their dependants, in times of financial hardship, has been presenting its Skill and Gallantry Awards since 1851. The Awards are intended to recognise the skill, bravery and heroism of those who undertake rescues at sea.
David Jones said:
“As an MP representing a coastal constituency, I am fully aware of the dangers that seafaring entails, and of the extraordinary work performed by those who save life and limb at sea. I pay tribute to their efforts, their sacrifices and their achievements, and I am pleased to support the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s Skill and Gallantry Awards.
“I would encourage members of air and sea rescue organisations, as well as those involved in seafaring generally, to nominate a person whose efforts they feel ought to be recognised.”
Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, said:
“The Society’s annual Skill and Gallantry Awards are an important event in the maritime calendar, and are a chance to honour all those unsung heroes who risk their lives to keep seafarers and members of the public safe. Every year I am struck by the outstanding qualities shown by the men and women who are nominated, and by the courage they display in helping those in distress at sea.”