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Four lives saved after clinging to rigging for two days

Year 1836

Read by Harry Patrick – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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On December 2nd 1836, the “Crown” was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, in a heavy gale of wind. The crew were observed clinging to the rigging ; but for two days it was not possible to approach them. On the 29th a pilot, named George Philpott, who has, during his long and valuable life, saved more than one hundred women and children from a watery grave, assisted by his boatmen, effected a landing, and rescued the four perishing mariners, whom they were obliged to carry across the sand on their backs from the wreck to their boat.

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