Chip off the old Mock! Family thanks Exmouth RNLI father and son for rescues 26 years apart

Two generations of Exmouth RNLI crew have been thanked by the same family for their rescue skills some 26 years apart.

Janet Dawkins, from Bristol, recently thanked inshore lifeboat helm Henry Mock for his help rescuing her when she dislocated her hip at Easter, sitting on a rock at Dawlish Warren; the praise came 26 years after Janet’s partner, Nick Clayton, was rescued by Henry’s father – retired Exmouth RNLI coxswain, Tim Mock.

Nick was rescued in 1993 by Exmouth lifeboat Brede class Caroline Finch.

He said: “It’s not until you really need help that you realise how incredible these services are.

“Janet wanted to show her appreciation and talk to the volunteers who all played a part in the rescue.
“On our visit, I discovered that helm, Henry Mock’s father, Tim, was on that service, so I could say thank you again.”

Janet had been sitting on a rock at Dawlish Warren in April when she dislocated her hip.

A 999 call was made and Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, George Bearman II, responded with pain relief, crewed by Henry Mock, with volunteers, Harry Griffin and Charlie Allen.

Teignmouth coastguard cleared the beach and with the Exmouth RNLI crew, stretchered Janet to the waiting coastguard helicopter for morphine treatment and airlifting to Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth.

Nick said: “We are still amazed by what we saw on Easter Saturday; three emergency teams working together seamlessly to help Janet get the care she needed.

“It’s not until you really need help that you realise how incredible these services are. “Janet wanted to show her appreciation and talk to the volunteers who all played a part in the rescue.”

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