Dungeness RNLI crew member honoured with BBC award
Garry Clark, a volunteer crew member at Dungeness lifeboat station, has been recognised at the BBC 999 awards for his part in the rescue of a yacht in force 9 gales earlier this year.
At the ceremony, broadcast last night (Thursday 16 August) on BBC One, Garry was presented with the award for his exemplary bravery and determination during the rescue of seven people from the yacht Liquid Vortex on 3 January 2012.
Garry played a critical role in saving seven lives during a rescue, which took place in fierce storms and involved Garry being transferred to the yacht in the rough seas. Garry worked closely with his fellow crew members onboard the Dungeness all-weather lifeboat and the crew of the Dover lifeboat which joined in the rescue effort.
Garry said: 'It was a real surprise to even be nominated for the award, so to win it was amazing. I'd like to accept the award on behalf of the whole of Dungeness lifeboat crew – saving lives at sea is a team effort and this rescue in particular called for everyone on the lifeboat, at the station and on Dover RNLI lifeboat to work together.'
Presented by Lenny Henry and Kirsty Young, The BBC 999 Awards recognise the work of the UK's emergency services. This is the first time the awards have been presented and the ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the 999 emergency number, which came into action in 1937.
The awards acknowledge the heroic acts that the officers and volunteers of the emergency services perform on a daily basis, highlighting individuals and teams whose actions have exceeded the call of duty to help save lives and ensure the public's safety.
Notes to editors
- Photo shows Garry Clark, volunteer crew member on Dungeness lifeboat at BBC 999 award nominee. Credit RNLI/Nigel Millard
Details about the BBC One's 999 Awards on the BBC website posted 24 May 2012
Garry Clark - photo by RNLI Nigel Millard
Garry Clark receiving his BBC 999 Award from Chelsee Healey and Harry Judd from Strictly Come Dancing
Two of the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew, Simon Collins and Roger Gillett.
The fella in the background with the hat on is Barney Harwood. presenter on Blue Peter.
The seven Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew from the Liquid Vortex rescue on 3 January 2012
Garry Clark who a critical role in saving seven lives during the rescue, which took place in fierce storms and involved Garry being transferred to the casualty vessel.
Dungeness RNLI lifeboat hero's from the launch on 3 January 2012 at BBC 999 Awards and Garry's wife
BBC1 999 Awards Team with Isla Reynolds from the RNLI Public Relations Office at Poole at BBC Centre
BBC1 999 Awards Simon Collins, Jeff Henderson, Garry Clark and Roger Gillett
Garry, Kate and Mark with Dame Kelly Holmes and Fabrice Muamba.
BBC 999 Awards July 2012