Bravery Award - Petty Officer Russ Adams

A Culdrose Airman has been recognised for his outstanding bravery at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards in association with Truro and Penwith College, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.

The award was presented to Petty Office Russ Adams, known as Patch, and was sponsored by South West Bottled Gas.

They were Cornwall’s worst storms for a decade, left the Duchy’s main rail link to London dangling above the sea and ripped up chunks of the Prom at Penzance.

During the height of the storms, the winner of our bravery award, a winchman from RNAS Culdrose, put his life on the line to save others not once – but SIX times.

Stricken French fishing vessel ‘Le Sillon’ was drifting off Trevose Head near Padstow in sixty mile an hour winds.

Petty Officer Russ Adams, known as Patch had to convince her crew to jump into the water to even attempt the rescue. He then braved thirty foot waves to winch them  to safety – one by one.

Patch was nominated by his boss, Lieutenant Commander Richard Calhaem, for what he called incredible courage.

Russ Adams’ Nomination from Lt Cdr Richard Calhaem

Petty Officer was part of the duty SAR crew, from, RNAS Culdrose, who attended the french fishing vessel “Le Sillon” which had been disabled by large waves in the storms which hit Cornwall last year. With no option but to ask the crew of 6 to jump clear of the vessel, PO Adams entered the sea on the winch wire repeatedly to effect the rescue.

Battered by 9 metre waves and 60 knot wind, in near total darkness, vomiting from water injestion and being exhausted with the effort, he displayed incredibe courage, completely selflessness and devotion to duty throughout the operation.

South West Bottled Gas Centre Ltd are the proud sponsor of the Bravery Award category.