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Insurance Broker saves boy from drowning, but father lost

Year 1959

Read by Sarah Dineen – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Place-Time
In the sea, Waterwynch Bay, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. 14th August,1959 6 PM

Conditions
Very heavy sea running, rescue made dangerous by submerged rocks. Rescue 50 yards out and out of man’s depth. Salvor “incurred great risk.”

Salvor
Mark Cecil Christopher Armitage (22) Insurance Broker

Saved
Barrie Paul Surtees (13)

Attempted Saved
Ronald Horace Surtees (46) Father of the above – deceased

Summary
The Surtees family as above with another boy Roger Surtees (11) went to outlying rocks to fish and were cut off by the tide. They decided to await ebb and when this was considered sufficient, they started to return along the rocks.

Barrie Surtees (13) slipped in : his father made a grasp at him and also went in, being drowned.

Roger Surtees (11) regained the beach by the rocks.

Armitage swam out and, with great difficultly owing to weather, saved Barrie Surtees (13).

Armitage then returned and looked for the Father and, with assistance of lifeboat crew, recovered him but he was already dead.

Coroner highly commends Armitage, whose efforts were dangerous and prolonged.

Witnesses
Police report, salvor, saved, four medical

Reported by
The Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire

Award
Armitage received The Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal

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