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Sailors who saved crew of stricken yacht to be honoured with King's bravery award

Two sailors who helped rescue the crew of a stricken yacht in a storm in the English Channel have been honoured with bravery awards approved by the King.

Chief Petty Officer Stephen Froom and Able Seaman Alfie Hulme, from destroyer HMS Diamond, are among six Royal Navy personnel who have been recognised for their service.

The sailors battled terrible conditions – which saw one of the yachtsmen tossed into the Channel when their vessel broke down and began sinking in November last year – to not just save all aboard, but to get the yacht's engines running again.

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The pair receive the King's Commendation for Bravery, announced in the latest Operational Honours issued by the Ministry of Defence and approved by His Majesty.

HMS Diamond's rescue – which is already the subject of a lifesaving award for the ship collectively – saw 54-year-old CPO Froom from Bristol lead efforts to restore power and prevent the yacht Zapopan from sinking off the Isle of Wight.

CPO Froom, left, shakes hands with Commanding Officer Commander Peter Evans 26102023 CREDIT Royal Navy

'I feel proud and humbled'

CPO Froom was the first on and last off the yacht, and helped rescue three of the five crew, before toiling with shipmates Lieutenant Commander Tom Leonard and Chief Petty Officer Giles Newbon to remove water and restart the boat's engines as the Zapopan pitched and rolled violently.

"I was initially embarrassed as I don't like the limelight," he said. "I feel proud and humbled to be recognised for something I perceive as just doing my job.

"I felt confident due to the training and experience I have. I viewed it as the job at hand, which I'd be tasked with and needed to be completed."

Able Seaman Hulme, who is now serving in the Gulf with a minehunter, was the coxswain of HMS Diamond's seaboat in the same rescue, using his experience operating the craft in the challenging conditions of darkness, heavy seas and strong winds.

Despite very little ambient light, he successfully manoeuvred the Pacific 24 boat alongside the yacht to get the rescue team safely aboard.

HMS Diamond sailors get ready to launch the ships seaboat to help the yacht 26102023 CREDIT Royal Navy

He then manoeuvred the boat to evacuate three of the petrified crew and when one fell into the sea was in position for the yachtsman to be quickly recovered.

AB Hulme made three trips between HMS Diamond and the yacht either to ferry the yacht's crew to safety or deliver specialists and equipment, remaining on hand until the last safe moment to return to his ship, all the while providing reassurance to his colleagues.

Four other naval personnel are also being honoured.

Leading Photographer Belinda Alker has been awarded a King's Commendation for Valuable Service for her work to support scientific research in both polar regions with the icebreaker HMS Protector.

Leading Photographer Alker receives a KCVS for her work with the icebreaker HMS Protector 26102023 CREDIT Royal Navy

Commander Oliver Ayers also receives a KCVS for his work on frigate HMS Montrose amid the pandemic to develop ways of operating with sailors who were Covid-positive, but not showing the symptoms, which enabled the crew to continue their patrol, leading to the seizures of illegal drugs and weapons. 

Also decorated as Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) are Royal Marines Colonel Ed Hall and Captain John Punch.

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Royal Navy destroyer sailors rescue crew of yacht sinking off the Isle of Wight

A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France, had sent out the distress signal after it started taking on a "significant" amount of water.

Friday 11 November 2022 17:10, UK

Handout photo dated 10/11/22 issued by The Royal Navy of sailors aboard HMS Diamond getting ready to launch the ship's seaboat to help rescue people on a sinking yacht. Sailors from a Royal Navy air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight. HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, on Thursday when it answered a mayday call. A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France, had sent out

Royal Navy sailors from an air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight.

HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, on Thursday when it answered a mayday call.

The warship's sea-boat was scrambled to the yacht and picked up four of the five crew, who were brought back to Diamond to be checked over by medical staff.

They were then taken to hospital by Newhaven lifeboat.

The crew of the Type 45 destroyer co-ordinated the rescue operation with Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews, as well as a French coastguard helicopter.

Three of the Diamond's sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat's skipper to stabilise the vessel and sail it back to the UK.

Diamond's Commander, Peter Barfoot, said: "When the yacht sent out her distress call, Diamond was in the vicinity and therefore able to respond in a timely manner.

Handout photo dated 10/11/22 issued by The Royal Navy of a sailor aboard HMS Diamond getting ready to launch the ship's seaboat to help rescue people on a sinking yacht. Sailors from a Royal Navy air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight. HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, on Thursday when it answered a mayday call. A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France, had sent ou

"The ship's company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance.

"At the same time, some of the ship's specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht's skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking.

"In arduous conditions, working without respite, members of my ship's company saved the lives of five sailors and ensured a vessel was not lost.

HMS Diamond, pictured in the Mediterranean sea

"This is in keeping with the finest traditions of the service, and I could not be more proud of my team."

HMS Diamond left Portsmouth on Thursday to join up with HMS Queen Elizabeth for operations in northern European waters as part of a Carrier Strike Group.

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Sailors from a Royal Navy air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight.

HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire , on Thursday when it answered a mayday call.

A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France , had sent out the distress signal after it started taking on a “significant” amount of water.

The crew of the Type 45 destroyer co-ordinated the rescue operation with Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews as well as a French coastguard helicopter.

They scrambled the warship’s sea-boat to the yacht and picked up four of the five crew who were brought back to Diamond to be checked over by medical staff.

They were then taken to hospital by the Newhaven lifeboat.

Three of Diamond’s sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat’s skipper to stabilise the vessel and sail it back to the UK.

Diamond’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, said: “When the yacht sent out her distress call, Diamond was in the vicinity and therefore able to respond in a timely manner.

“The ship’s company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance.

“At the same time some of the ship’s specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht’s skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking.

“In arduous conditions, working without respite, members of my ship’s company saved the lives of five sailors and ensured a vessel was not lost.

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Four people rescued from sinking yacht by HMS Diamond after distress call

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Four people have been rescued from a yacht that was taking on water in the Channel late on Thursday night.

Crews from HMS Diamond answered a mayday call near the Isle of Wight as it was leaving her home port in Portsmouth.

The yacht, which had been sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest towards Honfleur in France, sent out a distress call after it started taking on a significant amount of water.

The Type 45 destroyer coordinated the rescue, working alongside Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews and a French Coastguard helicopter.

The warship sent one of her seaboats to the yacht and picked up four of the five people on board, who were taken back to HMS Diamond to be checked over by medical staff.

Those rescued were then taken to hospital via the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat.

Three of Diamond’s sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat’s skipper to sail it back to the UK.

Diamond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, praised his sailors and their quick actions in preventing the boat from sinking.

He said: "When the yacht sent out her distress call, Diamond was in the vicinity and therefore able to respond in a timely manner.

"The ship’s company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance. At the same time some of the ship’s specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht’s skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking.

"In arduous conditions, working without respite, members of my ship’s company saved the lives of five sailors and ensured a vessel was not lost.

"This is in keeping with the finest traditions of the service and I could not be more proud of my team."

The ship left Portsmouth on Thursday (10 November) to join up with HMS Queen Elizabeth for operations in northern European waters.

Diamond will be part of a powerful Carrier Striker Group of warships, helicopters and F-35 stealth jets on Operation Achillean.

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British Destroyer saves yacht after distress call

Hms diamond rescued four people from a yacht that was taking on water and at risk of sinking..

Last night, the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer answered a Mayday call in the Channel near the Isle of Wight, say the Royal Navy in a news release.

HMS Diamond left Portsmouth yesterday to join up with HMS Queen Elizabeth for operations in northern European waters. Diamond will be part of a powerful Carrier Striker Group of warships, helicopters and F-35 stealth jets on Operation Achillean.

“The civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest towards Honfleur in France, sent out a distress call after it started taking on a significant amount of water. Diamond was in the area after leaving her home port yesterday and coordinated and conducted the rescue operation, working alongside Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews and a French Coastguard helicopter.

The warship sent one of her seaboats to the yacht and picked up four of the five personnel on board who were transferred back to Diamond to be examined by medical staff. Those rescued were then taken to hospital via the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat. Three of Diamond’s sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat’s skipper to stabilise the vessel and sail it back to the UK.”

Diamond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, was quoted as saying:

“The ship’s company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance. At the same time some of the ship’s specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht’s skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking. In arduous conditions, working without respite, members of my ship’s company saved the lives of five sailors and ensured a vessel was not lost. This is in keeping with the finest traditions of the service and I could not be more proud of my team.”

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guest

For those in peril on the sea. Well done HMS Diamond, another positive story.

FormerUSAF

Yes, bravo HMS Diamond. Great photo too.

SteveP

The high standards of professionalism for which the RN is rightly known

Coll

What a great image.

geoff

Absolutely and the caption should read “HMS Diamond heading west and responding suddenly to a distress call from the east !  😄 

2018 image. Still grat.

Ian M.

Can Destroyers do a handbrake turn? I wonder if there’s a special automatic fried egg catcher / plate-clamper-downer in the galley?

David Barry

Andrew doing what the Andrew do best. Congrats

Monkey spanker

Who or what is andrew? I assume it’s some navy talk. Never heard it before.

ChariotRider

The Andrew is navy slang for the Royal Navy. No idea why, but it goes back sometime…

Thank you very much for the answer👍🏻

David Steeper

It’s up for debate but Google Andrew Miller. The Bootnecks are called Royal because they’re the only part of the Naval Service to swear allegiance to the crown but that’s up for debate too.

DH

Agreed DB, BZ The Diamond ♦️ 👍

Mr Bell

Thats a first. A story involving a type 45 destroyer where they havent called the ship the £1 billion destroyer or bemoaned its engine failures.

Crabfat

Another first – it was actually reported on BBC Online. BBC rarely report UK defence related news. Makes a change.

Unless it’s bad news…

Frank62

Great work Diamond.

DJ

Great job. Some would be amazed at some of the rescues various navies (& others) have done. At least this time it’s not some idiot sailing around the world single handed, venturing into the Southern Ocean (or really any ocean a long way from shore). I don’t really care if you do, but please bare a thought to those that have to rescue you when you set off your satellite beacon in the middle of nowhere, when there is really no reason for you to be there. People have died trying to rescue such fools. Repeat – great job. Well …  Read more »

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Naval destroyer sailors rescue crew of yacht sinking off the Isle of Wight

HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, when it answered a mayday call.

hms diamond yacht rescue

Sailors from a Royal Navy air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight.

HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, on Thursday when it answered a mayday call.

A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France, had sent out the distress signal after it started taking on a “significant” amount of water.

The crew of the Type 45 destroyer co-ordinated the rescue operation with Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews as well as a French coastguard helicopter.

Sailors aboard HMS Diamond getting ready to launch the ship’s seaboat to help rescue people on a sinking yacht

They were then taken to hospital by the Newhaven lifeboat.

Three of Diamond’s sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat’s skipper to stabilise the vessel and sail it back to the UK.

Diamond’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, said: “When the yacht sent out her distress call, Diamond was in the vicinity and therefore able to respond in a timely manner.

“The ship’s company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance.

“At the same time some of the ship’s specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht’s skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking.

A sailor aboard HMS Diamond getting ready to launch the ship’s seaboat to help rescue people on a sinking yacht

“This is in keeping with the finest traditions of the service and I could not be more proud of my team.”

HMS Diamond left Portsmouth yesterday to join up with HMS Queen Elizabeth for operations in northern European waters as part of a Carrier Strike Group.

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Naval destroyer sailors rescue crew of yacht sinking off the Isle of Wight

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Sailors aboard HMS Diamond getting ready to launch the ship's seaboat to help rescue people on a sinking yacht

Sailors from a Royal Navy air defence destroyer have rescued four people after their yacht began to sink off the Isle of Wight. HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, on Thursday (November 10) when it answered a mayday call.

A civilian yacht, sailing from Beaulieu River in the New Forest to Honfleur in France, had sent out the distress signal after it started taking on a “significant” amount of water. The crew of the Type 45 destroyer co-ordinated the rescue operation with Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews as well as a French coastguard helicopter.

They scrambled the warship’s sea-boat to the yacht and picked up four of the five crew who were brought back to Diamond to be checked over by medical staff. They were then taken to hospital by the Newhaven lifeboat.

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Three of Diamond’s sailors then went back to the yacht and helped the boat’s skipper to stabilise the vessel and sail it back to the UK. Diamond’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Barfoot, said: “When the yacht sent out her distress call, Diamond was in the vicinity and therefore able to respond in a timely manner.

“The ship’s company were able to evacuate and disembark the crew who needed medical assistance. At the same time some of the ship’s specialists were able to embark and provide essential support to the yacht’s skipper which ultimately prevented the vessel from sinking.

“In arduous conditions, working without respite, members of my ship’s company saved the lives of five sailors and ensured a vessel was not lost. This is in keeping with the finest traditions of the service and I could not be more proud of my team.”

HMS Diamond left Portsmouth yesterday to join up with HMS Queen Elizabeth for operations in northern European waters as part of a Carrier Strike Group.

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    The 12m sailing yacht was seven miles to the east of Bembridge. The crew of the Type 45 destroyer co-ordinated the rescue operation with Newhaven and Bembridge RNLI crews as well as a French coastguard helicopter. They scrambled the warship's sea-boat to the yacht and picked up four of the five crew who were brought back to Diamond to be ...

  17. Naval destroyer sailors rescue crew of yacht sinking off the Isle of

    HMS Diamond had just left Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, when it answered a mayday call.