swimming, half swept by the seas, he reached the shore and found
both crew men from the casualty. He held them tightly as
the lifeboat crew hauled them back to the lifeboat. The
time was 2130 and the Teesmouth Tyne class lifeboat had arrived,
using her searchlight to illuminate the scene.
only some 45ft from the lifeboat the line snagged and all three
men were pulled underwater. Peter Hodge was held underwater
by the line around his waist, but he managed to release the
survivors who were washed back ashore. He freed the line and
was also washed ashore.
only three crew members left aboard the Atlantic, Helmsman
Thompson did not want to put another man ashore, so it
was agreed that the Tyne class should make an attempt. The
crew of the Tyne class prepared their small inflatable
'X' boat and Michael Smithson was transferred from
the Atlantic 21 to assist aboard the Tyne class.
run ashore, the three men - Peter Hodge and the two men
from the casualty - climbed aboard the inflatable. The heavily
laden small boat was pulled back through the seas rather than
over them, but the manoeuvre was successful and the inflatable
was brought alongside the lifeboat so that the three men could
be pulled aboard - a task accomplished at 2213.
Both lifeboats then moved outside the surf line to stow gear
and transfer Michael Smithson back to his own lifeboat
ready for the passage back to station. By 2240 the survivors
had been landed by the Tyne class and the Lord Brotherton
returned to Redcar.
Rodney Thompson and Crew Members Peter Hodge, Mark Reeves and
Michael Smithson of the Redcar lifeboat were awarded the Thanks
of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for their part in the
rescue of two men from the fishing vessel Gang Warily.
divisional inspector of lifeboats for the East division, Mr
Tom Nutman, said that the service was carried out in conditions
that were on the upper limit for an Atlantic 21 with the lifeboat
only inches away from the rocks and potential disaster. He praised
Peter Hodge for his great personal bravery in entering
the heavy breaking seas.