this point, crew member Barry Wheater volunteered to
swim ashore with a line tied around his waist. On reaching shore
he made fast the line. The lifeboat was manoeuvred closer to
shore, the engines were stopped and tilted clear to avoid damage
from the rocks.
went ashore with the stern line to assist Barry and to
help prevent the lifeboat being drawn seaward. The seas lifted
the lifeboat and pounded her against the rocks. At 1340 with
Mark on the anchor warp and Barry and Derek
ashore, Peter assisted the two survivors, Mr and Mrs
Darling, and their dog Monty into the lifeboat. They were fitted
with lifejackets and wrapped in foil blankets.
crewmen ashore returned, the stern line was cut and the lifeboat
was hauled, still grounding heavily, clear into deeper water.
The engines were lowered and started, the anchor rope was cut,
and the lifeboat was driven out through the surf.
1345, a Sea King helicopter arrived on scene from RAF Boulmer
but, not being required, left the area. Peter set a course
back to station and beached the lifeboat on the sand at Redcar.
The survivors were landed at 1403 into the hands of waiting
first aiders from the lifeboat station.
Hodge was awarded the R.N.L.I.'s Bronze Medal for this service
and Crew members Derek Robinson, Barry Wheater and Mark Reeves
were awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.
his official report, the deputy inspector of lifeboats for the
East at that time, Tim Harrison, wrote that: '(Peter)
showed great leadership in quickly assessing the danger... courageously
taking the lifeboat into heavy breaking seas... a truly excellent
service and a great team effort which resulted in the crew coolly
and professionally saving the casualties'.