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Emergency services / Coastguard members praised for ‘highest standard of professionalism’ in Knab rescue

Members of the Lerwick, Walls and Sumburgh coastguard teams. Photo: Brian Gray

MEMBERS of the coastguard in Shetland have been recognised for “going above and beyond” during a rescue in Lerwick last year.

The operation, at the Knab, was said to be “particularly difficult”.

Local coastguard members from Lerwick, Walls and Sumburgh were recently given individual chief coastguard commendations and letters of appreciation.

Area commander Dave Sweeney, who was also awarded a letter of appreciation for his role in the rescue, said: “This was an extremely technically challenging incident, which required skill and teamwork to bring it to a successful conclusion.

“Our coastguard rescue officers have shown the highest standard of professionalism and have quite rightly been recognised for their individual actions.

“I am immensely proud of them, and the service they provide to the Shetland community.”

Individual chief coastguard commendations were issued to Katrina Sandison, Ryan Leask, Liam Brannan, Fiona Gilbertson, Steven Nicolson, Laura Fulbirg, Megan Keppie, Mark Smith, Paul Brannan and rope technician Stuart Gray.

Other team members received letters of appreciation from the chief coastguard.

They were: Jonathan Laing, Jeff Gaskell, Simon Allan, Fergus Allan, John Borrill, Will Bond and senior coastal operations officer Daniel O’Connor.

The coastguard said the rescue involved a “despondent person”, and the service advised anyone who may be struggling to contact the Samaritans through their website or 116 123.

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