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Newquay brothers receive 'Royal' bravery awards for dramatic sea rescue

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

FAMILY PRIDE:  Martin and Dave Marney with their children soon after the rescue.

FAMILY PRIDE: Martin and Dave Marney with their children soon after the rescue.

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TWO brothers from Newquay hailed as heroes for saving a drowning woman from stormy seas have received national bravery awards with royal approval.

Dave Marney, 45, and brother Martin, 41, were presented with bronze medals from the Royal Humane Society, on the recommendation of HM Coastguard.

They risked their lives on October 16 last year when they stripped off and dived into turbulent waters off Little Fistral beach to rescue Amanda Docherty, who had jumped into the sea to rescue her Sprollie dog, Ollie.

She was quickly swept out to sea while Ollie managed to clamber ashore.

The brothers, who are experienced swimmers with lifeguard qualifications, kept Ms Docherty afloat and away from dangerous rocks until a lifeboat arrived.

The rescue was particularly significant for Dave as it happened just yards from the spot where he had hauled a 23-year-old man from the water 13 years ago. That victim did not survive.

The brothers' awards were approved by the society's president Princess Alexandra, and won the praise of its secretary Dick Wilkinson.

"They risked being dashed against the rocks themselves to save her, and they thoroughly deserve the rarely-awarded bronze medals," he said. "They were the right people in the right place at the right time – and ironically, after all this the dog managed to save himself."

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