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Rescue of the Green Lily

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A retelling of the heroic rescue of the Green Lily by the crew of Lerwick Lifeboat Station. Coxswain Hewitt Clark received a Gold Medal and his crew Bronze Medals, for their role. Tragically, Coastguard winchman Bill Deacon, who was swept from the deck by a huge wave after rescuing ten people, died in the rescue. The RNLI has recognised his courage with a posthumous Thanks on Vellum, with a joint Vellum also going to the remainder of the aircraft’s crew. Footage from the Coastguard, STV and Lerwick Lifeboat Station.
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Biker Boiy (3 days ago)
If ferry services stop and planes are downed the only idiots would still venture into the sea like the Green Lily _time is money_ at what cost of loss of life the ship's owners now have that on their consciences for all of eternity.
Silver (6 days ago)
the very brave life boat men and the very brave winchman god bless him
Daniel Price (23 days ago)
If that’s a helicopter why doesn’t it help instantly
Daniel Price (9 days ago)
Robert Mantell tbh this was a classic didn’t-watch-the-whole-thing scenario
Robert Mantell (11 days ago)
They said why immediately, the ship was rolling violently and it would have been hazardous. And before you respond with "but it was hazardous to the lifeboat...." The reality is that no one wants to lose an asset and a crew, but it is cheaper to replace a lifeboat and cheaper to train an new lifeboat crew than it is for anything aviation. Also, if that helo crashes on deck you just killed everyone standing on deck.
berlinmitte10117 (23 days ago)
God bless them all.
Gordon Bickerton (29 days ago)
I worked on an oil & gas production platform in the North Sea where I met up with Bill Deacon. He was in the crew of a helicopter that did cargo transfer (underslung) from the platform to a tanker loading buoy. We unhooked the cargo and loaded the returning equipment. A risky job. Bill came off the helicopter and gave us brilliant advice on how to stay safe, we were new to this kind of work, he'd been doing it for years. I had great admiration for his easy way of helping us. When I heard of his loss it was one of my saddest times offshore. He was one of the best.
keldeo studies (1 month ago)
Q the tugs danger theme
Chris Coombes (1 month ago)
A man lost his life during this - I’m disappointed this isn’t acknowledged in the description.
Chris Coombes (1 month ago)
RNLI Thank you for this, I don’t have any connection with the deceased but it didn’t feel quite right as it was. It’s great that people can see the selfless bravery of the RNLI and Coastguard. For anyone else reading this it’s worth googling this incident to see what the Enquiry made of the actions of the Green Lilly’s Captain. Please feel free to delete my comments if you feel it’s no longer needed.
RNLI (1 month ago)
Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. We've updated the description to include more of the details featured in our article on the rescue: https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2017/november/rescue-of-the-green-lily
David Farmer (1 month ago)
What courageous men to take on the sea and it's might. RIP the gentleman lost.
Mike pech (1 month ago)
You can't say enough about the bravery these men show. The skill with those men showed there are some outstanding people that are willing to put their lives in peril to save others.
Rory On Air (1 month ago)
So sad about the loss of the brave winchman. The lifeboat and heli crews did an amazing job in absolutely atrocious weather conditions. We are so lucky to have the choppers and the RNLI in tho UK.
Dave Freeman (1 month ago)
I was rescued yacht Shafa (and my cat) 2009 at Mull o Kintyre by Campbeltown lifeboat Thanks
Matt Smith (2 months ago)
Men of extraordinary courage, god bless all those involved. RIP Bill Deacon and thank you for your courageous service.
Christopher Doyle (2 months ago)
We are thrilled to have a return of this wonderful ,exciting ,and totally riveting series of real life series...EVERY serving RNLI crew member is a hero and they have our total admiration and gratitude for all they do and have done. Our only wish would be for the series to be shown once a week instead of the proposed twice weekly which would extend the series for longer.
RNLI (2 months ago)
Hi Christoper, thanks for your kind message of support. We couldn't agree more, our crew members are amazing! There are ten episodes in the series, next week there are two but we believe it will then be shown weekly on a Tuesday .
planesrift (2 months ago)
Must be a fun ride.
Marco Anguilla (2 months ago)
Is it possible to say that I feel proud and honoured to belong to seamen? Among them there're courage and love for the others life. Thanks.
knockatillane (2 months ago)
Every one a hero. RIP Bill Deaco such a terrible loss.
Willie Eckerslike (3 months ago)
This video should be required viewing for every snowflake millennial who complains about pressure and needing a safe space.
La Barone (1 month ago)
Haha great response!!
Seventy__ __Four (1 month ago)
Have you ever considered self harm?
Beppe Sapone (3 months ago)
Their bravery is superhuman.
Delta 001 (3 months ago)
:IIIIII :||||||||\\\\\ soooo 😢 😐but they survived but the boat did not
Jin Choi (4 months ago)
Will you create a really big coast guard ship???
Robert Mantell (11 days ago)
+Freya Wyrd not to mention they take hours to light off the engineering plant, making them less than ideal for rescue work.
Freya Wyrd (2 months ago)
Why?. What chance would there be that there would be enough of them to be on hand whenever situations such as these arise?.
houk tanh danhi (4 months ago)
Apparently the crew were not allowed to leave the ship until the last moment by the skipper, fuck that skipper or no skipper, no one tells me how to run my life especially if there is a risk to life
houk tanh danhi (4 months ago)
Think of the money your earning, tug crews probably on £40 an hour - think they too over paid to be honest, the coastguard do more and should be paid well
Chrissy Hathaway (5 months ago)
I want to THANK all lifeboat Crew wherever, and who ever they are. For risking their lives, for us, when they venture out in evil seas, and treaturous waters and oceans. These people are volunteers and do their own work during the course of any day. Their Bravado goes beyond extremes, .But are always there in times of peril on the seas. A HUGE HUGE THANKYOU to you all. God bless you all, and keep you all safe. ALWAYS. THANKYOU.
John Smith (5 months ago)
Did they ever recover Winchman Bill Deacon's body? Was there a funeral?
Alec Hemy (5 months ago)
I hope his family are provided for.
Stephen in OZ (5 months ago)
the British RNLI and Air Sea Rescue are the gold standard in the world. No one does it better and they are all volunteers.
Biker Boiy (3 days ago)
I hate to think where Britain would be without the RNLI in storm, war or peace times.
foppo leeuwerke (4 days ago)
All sea rescues will go the extra mile to save lives.It is the nature of the job.
watchgoose (6 months ago)
God bless them all.
John Flanagan (6 months ago)
I think Bill Deacon, the winch-man was the true hero, amongst several very courageous men. He made the ultimate sacrifice though.
Helen Stewart (6 months ago)
The word ‘Hero’ is overly used today and so it has lost the power it once had; However, I think of the original, true meaning of the word ‘Hero’ and it is now, watching this footage, that I feel I can call this gentleman, a real man, a 100% total and utter Hero! RIP and thank you.
dav snow (6 months ago)
I think the winchman was required to assist all ship's remaining crew into the rescue harness, thus he was the last to leave the Green Lilly's decks. That scenario would have been the most challenging and exhausting role in the aerial aspect of the rescue operation. I hope that in future aerial rescues of multiple people, a rotational system of a replacement/backup crewmember is on board the chopper. Otherwise more exhausted winchmen will get washed into the stormy seas due to the impossible workload.
Robert Mantell (11 days ago)
Good thinking, but you're limited by how much a helicopter can carry. If you add another winchman/swimmer you short yourself one seat available to a survivor. Bill Deacon knew what he was getting into when he signed up, we all do, and it's a credit to him that he managed to save all ten. Every lifesaver knows that each mission to help you fellow man could potentially be your last. Surfman #443, US Coast Guard (retired)
Cockswine Clark well done good sir, also well bloody done to you all, inc coxswain Hewitt and RIP Bill Deacon .
Bird Plan (7 months ago)
makes me realize how much of a sissy I really am. I'm ashamed to call myself a man after watching real men busting their asses and saving lives in the most dangerous conditions. I'll tuck my tail now and do the walk of shame down the hall to bed. lol
Dani WS (8 months ago)
John K Lindgren (8 months ago)
This documentary should be awarded. Need I say more? *Bangkok-Johnnie*
Russbot Apocolypse 2016 (8 months ago)
Mr. Deacon looked like a very robust fellow, rip and condolences to his family.
parkinsonsjihad (8 months ago)
o7 i salute you.
Robert John Redrupp (8 months ago)
God bless all involved ! Heroes one and all .....And we award Politicians with Knighthoods .......
SoloSail Boat (8 months ago)
Hats off to all the Coasties everywhere!
caahacky (8 months ago)
The tug crews worked their socks off too.
jimmy s (8 months ago)
12 heathens gave this video a thumbs down.
hoplite46 (8 months ago)
Brave men
Alexander Ds (9 months ago)
Brave heroes!!!
Stephen in OZ (9 months ago)
The UK coastguard and lifeboats are the gold standard for the service they do. In Australia its up to police and in an extreme pince the Navy.
Edward Dergosits (9 months ago)
Most of the time working on a ship is a great life. When things turn south it is beyond the fear of anything known except being consumed by fire.
John Cortex (9 months ago)
Thank God for all pf them.
R W (3 months ago)
SWSimpson (10 months ago)
Nicely done. I didn't need the subtitles, however, with a Grandmother from Glasgow and a grandfather from Auchenblae, I understand quite nicely.
computerbob06 (10 months ago)
I know you're all about the lifeboat and it's crew were and are extremely brave. But, you might also mention that Winchman Bill Deacon received a posthumous George Medal for his bravery, by his family, personally from HM The Queen.
Jacob Gent (1 month ago)
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RNLI (1 month ago)
Hi, thanks for your comment. We've since updated the description to include more of the details featured in our article on the rescue: https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2017/november/rescue-of-the-green-lily
Austin 27 (2 months ago)
A Winchman is someone who is lowered from the helicopter via a harness and attaches another harness to the casualties and then the helicopter pulls them back up.
Shane Pantone (3 months ago)
computerbob06 IDK what a winchman is, was he one of the people on the Green Lily or was he someone trying to rescue them?
Bytesback (7 months ago)
more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42010480
Gord Baker (10 months ago)
The Green Lily was NOT rescued! Just the crew.
Gord Baker (8 months ago)
Change the title then.
Jim LePeu (8 months ago)
Gord Baker such a comment is just nit picking
Nicholas chip (10 months ago)
Brave people.
Christian R (10 months ago)
All super heroes.
Richard Wells (10 months ago)
Incredible skill and bravery not least by the winchman who sadly perished.
Why have you subscribed? (10 months ago)
RNLI are the balls
Sir Never Wrong (10 months ago)
So so sad about the winchman. Such a horrendous way to die. I shudder thinking about it. May the man be at rest now. RIP Sir.
Peter Bentley (10 months ago)
such brave guys
William Victor (10 months ago)
Amazing. (Subscribed)

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