Hawick RAF sergeant receives bravery award

WINCHMAN GREIG ALLAN, HAWICK. awarded a Queen's Commendation for Bravery.
WINCHMAN GREIG ALLAN, HAWICK. awarded a Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

AN RAF helicopter winchman has been honoured for his bravery during a dramatic sea rescue in horrendous conditions.

Sergeant Greig Allan, 38, was on his first tour of duty as a winchman when his Search and Rescue Sea King was scrambled to a yacht which had broken down in a storm off Dover.

He was lowered on to the deck of the Liquid Vortex in the early hours of January 3 last year.

Four of the crew were injured and had to be winched to safety as a lifeboat took the yacht in tow.

Sgt Allan, who was educated at Hawick High School, has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air.

At the time of the rescue he was based at Wattisham airfield in Suffolk.

His citation reads: “Sergeant Allan remained on the yacht until all personnel requiring evacuation were recovered to the aircraft, putting the needs of the casualties before his own safety.

“Despite his relative inexperience in the role, Sergeant Allan remained calm, displaying great courage and determination to affect a challenging rescue.”

The hero winchman is now based at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland. His mother Ann lives in Hawick.