Napoli drama award for coastguard team

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

AN EXMOUTH coastguard station officer was honoured with commendations and letters of appreciation for his work in the aftermath of the MSC Napoli incident. The efforts of Alan Lockyear, of Exmouth, were commended as were the efforts of the Beer and Exmout

AN EXMOUTH coastguard station officer was honoured with commendations and letters of appreciation for his work in the aftermath of the MSC Napoli incident.The efforts of Alan Lockyear, of Exmouth, were commended as were the efforts of the Beer and Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams and two other station officers at a presentation ceremony.Peter Dymond, head of coastal rescue and the former acting Chief Coastguard, made the presentations at Sidmouth Sailing Club.Peter Pritchard, Lyme Bay Sector Manager, said: "The Chief Coastguard is awarding Commendations and Letters of Appreciation... for their significant contribution to the aftermath of the beaching of the MSC Napoli and loss of containers in which they encountered and overcame a range of unprecedented and challenging circumstances."Exmouth and Beer Coastguard Rescue teams, Alan Lockyear and Terry Hoare showed commitment, determination, professionalism and courage in the face of a demanding operation and I am delighted that they have been given the recognition they deserve for their untiring efforts."The MSC Napoli container vessel suffered serious structural failure in January 2007 and was intentionally beached near Branscombe. Coastguard Rescue Officers from Exmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis and West Bay were deployed in the aftermath of the incident to locate and identify lost containers and ensure public safety. The scene at Branscombe beach deteriorated and there was widespread looting and instances of public disorder.The teams, led by their Station Officers, implemented a plan to reinforce Police resources and established an extensive traffic management system which was instrumental in achieving control of the beaches and restoring public safety.

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