St Abbs SNLI crewman gets medal for swim rescue in cave

Darren Crowe
Darren Crowe

AN RNLI crewman who rescued an angler from a storm-lashed sea cave has been awarded one of the charity’s top bravery awards.

Darren Crowe, 40, a volunteer helmsman with the St Abbs lifeboat crew, risked his life in June 2011 to save a fisherman who had been swept into a cave after falling into the sea.

Simon Haston, 44, the fisherman whose life he saved, had been washed into the cave, known as Ty’s Tunnel, where he was described by those involved in the rescue as being “completely at the mercy of the powerful swell, cold, battered and clinging to a half-submerged rock”.

He was rescued after Mr Crowe swam into the narrow cave entrance and hauled him to safety.

Mr Crowe received the RNLI’s Bronze Medal for Gallantry at the charity’s annual awards ceremony.

Mr Haston, a member of Lothian and Borders Fire Service, told the audience: “I am massively grateful. I owe the RNLI my life and I have never had to say that about anyone before. I do owe them my life.

“I know I would have died if they had not come and got me – I would have died.”