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Fraternal heroics honoured

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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TWO BROTHERS hailed as "heroes" after they dived into stormy waters to save a woman's life in Newquay have been commended for their "courageous" rescue.

Martin and Dave Marney, 41 and 45, leapt into action one evening in October after spotting a woman floating 100 metres from Little Fistral beach.

Amanda Docherty had been swept out to sea in the fierce conditions after jumping into rescue her friend's dog.

The brothers – experienced swimmers with lifeguard qualifications – stripped down to their underwear and dived in to save her.

The pair worked for 25 minutes to keep Amanda afloat before the trio were picked up by an RNLI lifeboat.

Amanda was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, in Truro, and was later discharged.

The modest brothers have now received a Certificate of Commendation from the Royal Life Saving Society.

Brother David, from Newquay, said the award would make their mum "very happy".

"We can't quite believe that after two months we are being so highly recognised for helping to save Amanda," he said.

A spokeswoman for the society said it was an "honour" to present Martin and David with the award.

"There is no doubt that their act of courage and proficient rescue has meant that a young woman is able to enjoy her life for many years to come," she said. "It was a pleasure to be able to meet them."

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