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Pilot receives Air Force Cross for rescue mission

Lieutenant Commander Craig Sweeney receives Air Force Cross Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A Royal Navy pilot from North Yorkshire has been awarded a medal recognising his courage in saving a stricken climber.

Lieutenant Commander Craig Sweeney, from Harrogate, has received the Air Force Cross for leading the rescue of a walker in Argyll in blizzard conditions, plummeting temperatures and pitch darkness.

The pilot described the mission near Oban in December 2011, as one of the most challenging rescues he has ever undertaken.