Posted: Tuesday 5th April 2011
22nd February 2009
The crew of a vessel engaged in cleaning up the River Tyne have been honoured with a bravery award after rescuing a pensioner who accidentally fell into the river near to the Redheugh Bridge on the Gateshead side last May.
Skipper Mark Skinner and Deck Hand David Houshby managed to manoeuvre the vessel so that they were in a position where they could help – despite a fast moving tide and strong wind pushing them towards the shoreline. David managed to secure a life belt around the lady until the emergency services were able to safely lift her out of the water.
Mark and David’s heroic actions were recognised at a special ceremony hosted by Northumbria Police Chief Constable Michael Craik. The pair received a framed certificate from the Humane Society for their bravery.