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Sailor swims with rope to save crew members who had run aground

Year 1920

Read by Angus Hone – Governor, Royal Humane Society

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Toy, John Lyle, Fisherman, Fishing Boat Our Boys.

About 1 a.m. on the morning of the 22nd September, 1920, the fishing boat Our Boys went ashore on a submerged rock off the Longships, Cornwall, and was in immediate danger of sinking. The nearest point of safety was a high rock about forty yards distant, the intervening channel being a seething cauldron of broken water.

John Lyle Toy, who was one of the crew, took a rope and volunteered to try and swim to the rock, which he succeeded in doing, and by means of the rope the remainder of the crew, consisting of the skipper and three fishermen, were enabled to reach the rock, where they managed to hold on for five hours, being eventually rescued from their perilous position by the Sennen life-boat.

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