FOUR lifeboat men who risked their lives to rescue two tombstoners have been praised by the chief executive of the RNLI.
The crew of Adrian Trower, Grant Walkington, Christopher Brompton and Stuart Tibbett battled rough seas caused by a force six wind to save the youths who got into difficulty after jumping off North Pier on the afternoon of April 30.
The teenagers could not be seen at first due to the heavy breaking seas and backwash.
Eventually the crew managed to get one on board and then throwing a line to the other, pulled him clear of heavy breaking surf before lifting him into the lifeboat.
In his letter, the RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier praised the crew’s bravery and said: “This service clearly demonstrated good seamanship, teamwork and initiative in challenging conditions.
“Adrian, Grant, Christopher and Stuart are to be thanked on my behalf. Well done!”