Friday, September 26, 2008

Scuba Divers Retrieve War Veteran's Medals

From the Antrim Times:

Scuba divers have retrieved a war veteran's prized medals lost at the bottom of the Thames in London.

Second World War veteran Charles Brown, 93, was taking part in a Dunkirk river cruise near Teddington last weekend when his medals fell from his breast pocket and into the water as he climbed out of the boat.

Rescuers attempted to recover the two rows of medals with magnets but were unsuccessful.

The pensioner was distraught to lose the medals he was awarded for his loyal war service.

A team of scuba divers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) scoured the murky river bed.

Malcolm Miatt, lifeboat operations manager at Teddington RNLI, commanded the dive.

Mr Miatt said: "Our divers found them almost immediately, there was no drama at all.

"The medals are a bit muddy and dirty and we'd like to get them cleaned up. The old guy is a hero and truly deserved to get his medals back, the RNLI is delighted to have cheered him up."

On hearing the good news Mr Brown jumped straight into a taxi to take delivery of his medals.

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1 comment:

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This is a good piece of work.
I am so glad that I came across it.
Well done!