Medals for RNLI flood rescue team

Vanessa Glover with RNLI teamVanessa Glover told the RNLI rescue team members she owed her life to them

Members of a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) team who rescued a woman from a river have been honoured.

Paul Eastment, 46, Chris Missen, 25, and Martin Blaker-Rowe, 33, saved Vanessa Glover who was clinging to a branch on the River Taw in Devon.

The RNLI said it was the first time its volunteers, two of whom are from Porthcawl, had been awarded gallantry medals for a flood rescue.

Mrs Glover, 46, told the team: “I want to thank you for your bravery.”

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Vanessa Glover to rescue team

Mother-of-one Ms Glover was driving home to Twitchen near South Molton early on 23 December 2012 when her car was forced off the road by flood water.

The River Taw, which was 3.5m above its normal height, lifted her car and pinned it against a hedge, which started to break.

Her husband Paul and son Silas managed to climb onto the roof but, as Mrs Glover tried to join them, she was swept away.

She grabbed hold of a branch until the rescuers, aided by light from a police helicopter, manoeuvred their rubber dinghy towards her.

Mrs Glover, who had been in the water for 50 minutes when they rescued her, was pulled out safe but “extremely cold”.

She told the team: “I will hold you in my heart forever. Thank you for saving my life.”

Boat team leader Mr Eastment – who was a volunteer from Porthcawl RNLI in south Wales, along with helmsman Chris Missen – said receiving the award was the “proudest moment of my career”.

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