Gallantry medals for RNLI

Two lifeboat men from Porthcawl are receiving their gallantry medals for rescuing a woman from floodwaters in Devon.

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Porthcawl lifeboat men honoured for rescue

Chris Missen, left, and Paul Eastment, right, with Val Glover Credit: RNLI

Two lifeboat men from Porthcawl will pick up their gallantry medals in London today.

Chris Missen and Paul Eastment were part of a three-man team which came to the rescue of Val Glover, 46, in Umberleigh, Devon in December.

This will be the first time an inland flood rescue has been recognised at the RNLI's national award ceremony.

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Report: RNLI volunteers proud to receive medals

Two lifeboat men from Porthcawl are the first to be awarded a gallantry medal for a flood rescue.

Chris Missen and Paul Eastment are part of the Flood RescueTeam for the RNLI and were called in to perform a daring mission when floodwaters hit Devon before Christmas.

They told our Correspondent Joanna Simpson they are surprised and proud to receive the honour.

Porthcawl RNLI volunteers awarded Gallantry medals

Two RNLI volunteers at Porthcawl life station who rescued a woman from a swollen river are to be awarded Gallantry medals *- *one of the Institution's highest accolade.

Helmsman Chris Missen and Paul Eastment were working with a flood rescue team when they saved Vanessa Glover of Devon who was holding onto tree branches.

Chris Missen says being awarded a Gallantry medal is a great honour.

Welsh RNLI volunteers given awards for flood rescue

Vanessa Glover meets members of the crew who saved her Credit: RNLI

Three volunteers from the RNLI's Flood Rescue team in South Wales have been recognised for their part in rescuing a woman from flood waters in Devon.

Paul Eastment and Chris Missen, from Porthcawl, and Jason Dunlop, from Penarth, will receive special awards for helping to rescue 46-year-old Vanessa Glover, who was trapped in fast flowing flood water.

The rescue took place on 23 December at Umberleigh, in Devon. Vanessa Glover had been swept from her car after it was forced off a road by powerful flood water, leaving her husband and 7-year-old son clinging to the car roof.

Vanessa Glover thanked the team for their part in the dramatic rescue: "I want to thank you for your bravery, courage, determination, professionalism and commendable quality of character. Thank you for saving my life."

The three volunteers will receive Gallantry Medals for their help in the rescue. It's the first time that RNLI volunteers have been awarded medals for a flood rescue.

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