Cornwall news Lifeboat legend involved in tragic Penlee disaster has died UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Maurice was awarded medals for an outstanding rescue and for his bravery

Cornwall news Lifeboat legend involved in tragic Penlee disaster has died UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Maurice was awarded medals for an outstanding rescue and for his bravery

Cornwall news Lifeboat legend involved in tragic Penlee disaster has died UK news
23 November 2022 - 11:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tributes have been to a larger than life chracter and appreciated former lifeboat coxswain. Maurice Hutchens was an active member of the Sennen RNLI Lifeboat station for a great part of his life. Maurice was in the crew in 1963 and was present on the service to the 'Jean Gougy' at Land's End, and the following year on the Bronze Medal service to the 'Victor Roger', also at Land's End. Maurice was also on the Silver Medal service to the 'Union Crystal in 1976. Maurice was appointed Coxswain in 1978 and was awarded the RNLI's Silver Medal for the outstanding rescue of five Icelandic seamen from the coaster 'Tungufoss' in very poor conditions in 1981. This rescue also resulted in the award of the Icelandic Silver Medal for Bravery presented to Maurice and the crew by the then President of Iceland. Maurice was also in command of the Sennen Cove lifeboat on the night of the Penlee lifeboat disaster. On the night of December 19, 1981, the crew of the Penlee lifeboat Solomon Browne died trying to rescue the people onboard a stricken coaster. Maurice's lifeboat was one of those that were launched in an attempt to save their colleagues. Read more: Cornwall beach sees mystery object wash up on its shores Maurice died peacefully at home in Sennen on Sunday October 30, aged 88. He was the beloved husband of the late Judith Hutchens, much loved dad of Clair, Sandra and John, stepdad of John, Roland and Stuart and a loving grandad. A spokesman for Sennen Lifeboat Station said: "It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of our retired lifeboat coxswain Maurice Hutchens. "He was an absolute character. Those of us who were lucky enough to serve with him will never forget the brilliant fun and games we enjoyed with him while carrying out the lifeboat service in those days. Our thoughts are with Maurice's family at this difficult time.

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. Choose what you love here. Dozens of people have also paid tribute to Maurice praising his friendliness, willingness to pass on his skills to younger lifeboat crewmen and women. Annette Merchant said: "Maurice was a larger than life character during my holidays at Sennen Cove throughout my teens and early twenties. Always had a great respect for him. God bless you." Martin Brockman whose father was part of the ill-fated crew who perished 40 years ago during the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster also paid tribute, saying: "Maurice was an amazing chap. I wanted dad's cap, but it was buried with him. Maurice saw me upset and gave me his cap. Love and thoughts to both family and the RNLI family." Janet Madron added: "I am so sorry to read that dear Maurice has passed away. He was a lovely man and a real character. I have so many memories of being in his company over the years." Ned Nuzum agreed, adding: "What a wonderfully gallant character. Maurice was a man of exceptional quality and the pride of Sennen Cove lifeboat station." READ NEXT: Only six Cornwall towns affordable for local people to buy or rent, new study shows Prominent Penzance footballer Tony Claypole who played into his 60s has died St Austell woman with long history of drug use was only clean after prison stay, inquest hears Cornwall issued with 16 sewage pollution alerts across its beaches ahead of stormy weather Killacourt in Newquay the place to be to launch a new business but could do better say traders

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