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Sailor saves two lives in separate incidents

Year 1832

Read by Sharmaine Malik – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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June 8, 1832

J. Peate, on the 8th of June 1832, courageously plunged into the sea, in the midst of a very dangerous surf, and by his intrepid efforts saved the lives of Lieut. Baker and two seamen of the “Pylades,” who were upset, and in danger of drowning, at the entrance of Pemambuco. Lieutenant Baker reported this man’s conduct to have been most active and meritorious. Two men already had sunk from exhaustion, when he plunged off the wreck of the boat, at the imminent risk of his life, and brought them safe to shore. Mr. Edward Oliver, also carpenter of His Majesty’s sloop under my command, having unfortunately fallen overboard off Cape Horn, on the 20th of February last, would inevitably have lost his life, but for the timely assistance courageously rendered him by John Peate, who, wholly disregarding the danger into which he was rushing, jumped overboard, and having secured a rope about him, enabled him to be hoisted senseless on board. These two occurrences have drawn down on this young man the most gratifying attentions of the Lords of the Admiralty.

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