Umberleigh flood heroes are pride of Britain
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Daybreak Emergency Services Award for RNLI rescue team that saved a woman’s life
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team who saved a woman in the Umberleigh floods last Christmas has won the Daybreak Emergency Services Award as part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2013.
The team - made up of Paul Eastment, Chris Missen and Martin Blaker-Rowe - were rewarded live on ITV1’s ‘Daybreak’ on Friday morning for their daring rescue of 46-year-old Vanessa Glover last year, when she had to hold onto a branch for an hour after being washed away by the powerful flood waters.
Team member Chris Missen was surprised when presenter Mark Wright appeared at their base in Porthcawl.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be honest… I’m just shell shocked really,” he said. “Words can’t describe, it’s really awesome. To be recognised like this is just unbelievable.
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“When you meet someone like Mrs Glover and you’re able to say ‘I saved her life’, that’s what it’s all about.”
As well as being surprised by friends and family this morning, Chris was also surprised with a special message from the woman whose life he saved. In a video message, Mrs Glover said: “Very very many congratulations, I’m so proud of you, you are Britain’s finest and best. You are the role models we should be upholding to society.”
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Amongst the celebrities who judged the Daybreak Emergency Services Award category was former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE who said: “They just think that this is normal; ‘this is what we do, we’re here to save people’s lives’ and I find that just so incredible.”
Former England footballer Michael Owen added: “It’s great so many of these people serve our country so well” and Carol Vorderman concluded: “They’ve gone above and beyond what their job is.”
Chris and his team mates will be awarded at the 2013 Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards on Monday night, which will air on Tuesday at 8pm on ITV1.