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At 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.

Derek 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.

The 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.

At 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.

Peter 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.

In 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'.

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