Cornish Coastal Rescue Award - Jason Hingley

An “extraordinary and brave” Landrake man has been recognised for his heroic actions at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.

Jason Hingley was presented the Cornish Coastal Rescue Award, in association with Anns Cottage Surf and Lifestyle Stores. This was in recognition for helping to save a man from drowning in the River Tamar earlier this year.

He was also awarded the overall Winner of Winners Award by Jean Mooney of Truro and Penwith College.

The man was spotted on the wrong side of the bridge barrier, before jumping into the icy cold water.

Nominator Shane Arthur said: “Whilst out on a club run with the Tamar Trotters, Jason and others noticed a man close to the edge of the Tamar Bridge.

“Some of the group started talking to the man and others raised the alarm at the bridge office, while teenager Dan Pengelly and fellow runner Jason Hingley raced down to the water’s edge.

Shane continued: “Jason grabbed a lifering from the Saltash Passage and dived into the freezing water and strong currents to aid the stricken man. They kept the man afloat, and the three of them were picked up by the MOD police launch boat and returned to safety.”

Sergeant Ryan Canning, the first officer on the scene described the rescuers as “absolute heroes”.

“He would have surely drowned if it wasn’t for the actions of these men who were already by the water and went in to keep him afloat,” Sgt Canning said.

The man was taken to hospital, and had no major injuries.

Jason said “I don’t see myself as a hero, and I am sure given the circumstances and a repeat of the night, I would do the same again. I’m sure many others would have done the same. It was just fortuitous that we were where we were.

“The other guys from Tamar Trotters were well-placed to help out. It was a real team effort”

Jason Hingley’s Nomination from Shane Arthur

Whilst out on a club run with the Tamar Trotters Jason Hingley (a Penzance man now living nr Liskeard)and others noticed a man close to the edge of the tamar bridge what he and another runner did next was beyond extraordinary and brave…

Some of the group started talking to the man and others raised the alarm at the bridge office, while teenager Dan Pengelly and fellow runner Jason Hingley raced down to the water’s edge.

Jason grabbed a life ring from the Saltash Passage and dived into the freezing water & strong currents to aid the stricken man..

They kept the man afloat and the three of them were picked up by the MOD police launch boat and returned to safety.

Sergeant Ryan Canning, the first officer on the scene, described the rescuers as “absolute heroes”.

“He would have surely drowned if it wasn’t for the actions of these men who were already by the water and went in to keep him afloat,” Sgt Canning said.

Ann’s Cottage are the proud sponsor of the Cornish Coastal Rescue Award category.