Coastguard members rewarded

PUBLISHED: 15:09 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

THE expertise and bravery of Portishead Coastguards has been recognised by the RSPCA after a tricky animal rescue.

THE expertise and bravery of Portishead Coastguards has been recognised by the RSPCA after a tricky animal rescue.

The team led by station officer Barry Darbon carried out an awkward manoeuvre to rescue a dalmatian dog stranded on mud flats off Portbury.

The dog, stuck up to its chest in mud, had to be winched 200 yards over the mud flats to the foreshore.

The HM Coastguard team received an RSPCA Certificate of Merit for animal life saving at a presentation on January 12 at Clarence House.

Also at the ceremony Paul Evans, aged 65, was presented with a coastguard long service medal for 20 years service with Portishead coastguards.

He is now retiring from the Coastguard.

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