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Commander jumps overboard in full uniform to save a young man

Year 1961

Read by Grahame Davis – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Chrystal, Ian, Marine, Royal Marines

On the 26th November, 1961 three young men went climbing in the area of the Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia, North Wales. All were roped.

The most experienced fell and was killed.

The other two, stranded, shouted for help. Their shouts were heard by military climbers, one of whom went to get help, while the other, Marine Ian Chrystal, Royal Marines, climbed up the very dangerous main wall two-hundred and fifty feet, and calmed down the two young men.

It was now pitch dark. A considerable time later Chrystal then lowered the two men in turn to an officer party which had climbed to eighty feet below.

Ian Chrystal was awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Humane Society

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