National recognition for Blyth rescuer

A member of Blyth Coastguards has been honoured for his quick reactions to help save a member of the public.

Monday, 12th August 2019, 12:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 11:46 am
Ken Crass, Regional Chair RLSS; Penny Wilkinson, Branch Chair RLSS; and Coastguard Rescue Officer Chris Hood.

Chris Hood has been presented with a prestigious national award in recognition of his quick actions last July.

The 42-year-old was part of a multi-agency team that responded to a call-out to a person in distress on the quayside at Blyth.

Wearing a lifejacket attached to a safety rope held by one of his fellow coastguards, Chris stood on the quayside as other team members donned water rescue equipment.

Suddenly the person jumped into the river and without a second thought, Chris immediately jumped in after them.

He was able to grab them and keep their head above the water until the Blyth lifeboat arrived on scene to recover them from the water.

Now Chris's actions have been rewarded with a Certificate of Recognition by the Royal Life Saving Society.

Chris was presented with his award by the Royal Life Saving Society's regional chairman Ken Crass and branch secretary Penney Wilkinson at a special ceremony.

Chris was delighted to receive the award, but said the rescue had been a team effort.

He said: "I am very pleased to receive this award. As a volunteer Coastguard and as part of a team it means a great deal to me.

“My fellow team members were all part of this rescue so the award, in part, is also theirs.”