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Commander jumps overboard in full uniform to save young man

Year 1861

Read by Rowena Osborne – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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On the 12th February 1861, Commander Algernon C. F. Heneage was in the act of going on board H.M.S. ” Falcon,” then anchored in the harbour at Sierra Leone, to take command of that vessel ; one of the side boys, who was stationed cap in hand to do honour to the new commander, accidentally fell overboard ; he would, have been drowned, as he could not swim, had it not been for the prompt and gallant conduct of Captain Heneage, who jumped overboard and caught hold of him as he was sinking. The tide was running four knots at the time, and the river infested with sharks, and Captain Heneage being in full uniform and consequently embarrassed by his sword and epaulettes.

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