Second officer Richard Ayres was pulled from the rocks
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SS Gairsoppa rescue children found in Norfolk

A brother and sister who helped rescue the sole survivor of the British SS Gairsoppa which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in 1941 have been traced to Norfolk.

Evacuees Denis Driver and Betty Broughton, now in their late 80s, pulled second officer Richard Ayres ashore off the Cornish coast - 13 days after the ship sank in Irish waters.

Three members of the 850-strong crew survived in a lifeboat and reached Caerthillian Cove in Cornwall, but two died trying to get ashore.

BBC Look East's Debbie Tubby reports.

  • 23 Apr 2014
  • From the section England