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St. Martin Sea Rescue Service Awarded Prix de L’OMI

Honorary certificates for St. Martin lifeboat crew
The St. Martin sea rescue service SNSM have been presented with an honorary certificate by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in recognition of the bravery and sense of duty shown by the volunteer crew of lifeboat SNSM 129 in their efforts to save vessels and lives, in particular the yacht Voyage II, during Hurricane Gonzalo on October 14, 2014. Click for video.

The prestigious international distinction, Prix de L’OMI, for heroic acts at sea is one of only four certificates to be awarded worldwide by IMO in 2015. The awards ceremony took place in London, England, on November 19.

Coxswain of SNSM 129 Jean-Claude van Rymenant has also been advised that he will be presented with the Ministry of the Interior Medal, bronze grade.

The IMO citation recognizes “the unrelenting efforts deployed in extreme conditions to save a couple and their baby on the yacht Voyage 11, and recognizes that once that family was safe [their] efforts to save other occupants of beached vessels continued, even at the cost of losing SNSM 129 on the rocks.”

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