Cornish fisherman receives bravery award

Cornish fisherman, Shaun Edwards
Image caption Shaun Edwards and his crew from Newlyn rescued 47 passengers and crew

A Cornish fisherman has won a bravery award after a three day sea rescue which took place last October.

Shaun Edwards and his crew from Newlyn rescued 47 passengers and crew on a dismasted sailing ship, 100 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.

The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society's Skill and Gallantry Awards recognise people who risk their lives in dangerous sea rescues.

Mr Edwards will receive his award on Tuesday from The Princess Royal.

Shaun Edwards, Skipper of fishing vessel Nova Spero and his crew had stopped fishing on the evening of 28 October 2010 due to deteriorating sea conditions when they heard a distress call from the Polish tall ship Fryderyk Chopin.

The ship had suffered the dismasting of its fore and main masts in heavy seas.

Despite the rough sea conditions and vanishing daylight the crew of the Nova Spero succeeded in setting up a tow for the Polish vessel.

For more than 60 hours Shaun Edwards and his crew towed the tall ship 150 miles to Falmouth, finally arriving safely in Carrick Roads on 1 November.

Commodore Malcolm Williams CBE RN, the Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners, said: "Shaun Edwards and his crew, Richard Nudd, David Fyfee and Lewis Diamond displayed superb seamanship and selfless bravery in treacherous conditions.

"The rescue demonstrated all that is best in the seafaring tradition."

The Polish vessel re-visited Falmouth in September, where it had been repaired last year, to say thank you to the town's residents who had looked after its crew.

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