Award for RAF Valley winchman

A winchman from RAF Valley on Anglesey has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation For Bravery In The Air for his role in the rescue of two Russian sailors off the Llyn Peninsula last November.

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Bravery award for winchman after Irish Sea rescue

Sergeant Bossier-Wyles and Master Aircrewman Taylor during training Credit: RAF / MOD

An RAF search and rescue crew member has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery In The Air, for his work rescuing Russian sailors from the sea off the Llyn Peninsula. Richard Taylor, 42, is part of the crew with 22 Squadron at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

Last November, the Swanland sank ten miles north of Bardsey Island. The vessel had been broken in two by high seas, with eight men on board. He was winched down from the rescue helicopter, and found two survivors in a dinghy, who were then pulled to safety.

A futher six Russian crew men died.

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