Dungeness RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member Garry Clark was awarded a Silver Medal for Gallantry -- one of the RNLI's highest honours -- on May 17 2012. This was in recognition of his exemplary bravery and determination during the rescue of seven people from the yacht Liquid Vortex on 3 January 2012.

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Dungeness RNLI crew - liquid vortex 2012

The seven crew that went to the aid of the training yacht 'Liquid Vortex' on 3 January, 2012'
who are to receive RNLI awards.
From left to right: Roger Gillett, Simon Collins, Garry Clark, Mark Richardson,
Trevor Bunney, Terry Ashford and Jeff Henderson.
Photograph taken by Judith Richardson, Dungeness lifeboat press officer


Dungeness Lifeboat Station in Kent guards the Channel from Folkestone to Rye Bay and today operates a Mersey class 'fast' carriage lifeboat Pride and Spirit which came to Dungeness in 1992, it was a generous gift from Eric and Jean Cass. Shore helpers are required to launch and recover the lifeboat, the station also had the country's last lady launchers.

In 1940 the Dungeness Lifeboat Charles Cooper Henderson was also one of 19 lifeboats that took part in the evacuation of forces from Dunkirk.