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LIFEBOATMAN WHO REFUSED.

STRANGE SCENES AT A WRECK.

GALLANIVRESCUE BY A SCRATCH CREW ' The story of a lifeboat cmv who refused to -go to a wrock was told at the inquest on the four French sailors who wer« washed off the wreck of the French brigamtine An-gel, which went ashore on the Doom Bar at the entrance to Padstow Harbour during a '.recent gale. . , Two vessels, the Angel and the Island Maid went ashore almost at the same time. The crew^of Hfoe Island Maid wiere rescued 'by the lifeboat, Arab, but when William Hory Baker the coxswain of the lifeboat, ung'ed hia mien to. make a Second journey to the Angel they refused point .blank. "Some of -the crew considered it was (risky, " said Baker. "By this 1 time the searchlight from the steam lifeboat was pJaymg on the wrecks and when my C rew saw the tern bib se-as which th'sy wo u M' have to encounter their hearts 'failed. -them, and they left the 'boat. "I 'had to havie the rockets fir=d to summon another crew. Eventually the boat put of with, a scratch' crew including some men f rom the steam lifeboat, and .part of the crew of a trawler, a coastguard, and a policeman. .'■■'•;■■' When wcj arrived at the; wreck we coutfd; hoar tfhoijts^ and \ye picked up the captain, <wn~6 had jumped over ■board. . The captain told us that the rest of the crew had been washed overboard. ; "I would union! rather the men's hearts failed them .before they went out than just as they wer* reaching a vies slel," added Baker. ( I never , - rememiber the whois of the -crew (Backing out before*. The first trip was a very severe one." . A verdict -of "Accidentally Drowned" was returned, the .coroner remarking that there was nothing- which pointed to negligence or carelessness. - "We all admiim the conduct ot those who did what they possifoly could to effect the rescue of valuable lives," .we stated. "I am not surprised at the craw losing; their nerve, and not fe e limig fit to do certain; duties which they .were callsd upon to do, an as the coxswain, has told vs 1 it was far tbietter to have a-, crew, he coukl defpend on from the 'beginning- than . to have them lose their nerve and courage at; a critical 1 moment, which would disorganiss everything. "

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LIFEBOATMAN WHO REFUSED., Grey River Argus, 10 January 1912

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LIFEBOATMAN WHO REFUSED. Grey River Argus, 10 January 1912

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