SGN volunteers come to Lord Nelson’s rescue

The team from SGN's Solent depot get to work on the Lord Nelson's nameplate
The team from SGN's Solent depot get to work on the Lord Nelson's nameplate
Wildcats and Argus help stricken yacht in Biscay storm. Picture: Royal Navy

Naval fliers rescue British yachtsman

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Employees of gas distribution company SGN’s Portsmouth depot might be more used to responding to gas emergencies, but when a call for help came in from the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship Lord Nelson, they were just as quick to react.

After one of the Lord Nelson’s voyages planned for this month had to be cancelled, the trust decided that it would carry out maintenance work on the ship.

However, the crew really needed some extra help to complete the work.

Thirty volunteers from SGN had already helped out on the ship in April, so Andy Spark, operations manager for the trust, got back in touch with team manager Stuart Mason to see whether anyone else from the company would be prepared to help out.

Andy said he was astonished at the level of support he had received from SGN.

He said: ‘From a chance phone call to see if anyone else would be willing to help us at short notice, to just two days later having nearly 40 people on board, is simply astounding.

‘I can’t thank SGN – and Martin and his staff – for their willingness to help us out.’

The volunteers carried out general maintenance over the course of a week, such as painting, cleaning out fuel tanks and preparing and cleaning the sails.