Heroes of the sea will be richly rewarded

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THE unsung heroes of the sea will be recognised at an awards ceremony.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, based in Chichester, is calling on seafarers to look within their own crews for examples of outstanding acts of bravery and heroism.

Presented by the society every year since 1851, the awards recognise unsung heroes of sea rescues, as well as those who have given outstanding service to the charity, which supports ex-merchant seafarers and fishermen.

Last year two rescue crews received awards for saving the lives of four trawlermen whose fire-damaged vessel lost power in a storm.

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh is supporting this year’s Skill and Gallantry Awards.

He said: ‘The awards recognise the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in dangerous sea rescues every day, as well as the dedicated fundraisers who support the charity.’

To submit a nomination call 01243 789329 or email general@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk