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Cornwall corporal honoured at military awards

By AliceWright  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A corporal from RNAS Culdrose, Helston, has been honoured at an awards ceremony celebrating the courage of the armed forces. 

Corporal Justin Morgan of 771 Naval Air Squadron, based at Culdrose, won the Outstanding Sailor/Marine of the Year Category at the fifth annual Sun Military Awards, organised by The Sun newspaper in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. 

The award was given in recognition of the role Cpl Morgan played in the dramatic rescue of a yachtsman who got into difficulties off the coast of St Ives earlier this year

Cpl Morgan and the rest of the crew managed to winch the man to safety from the sea despite fading light, heavy rain and high waves. 

Speaking after the ceremony, Cpl Morgan said: "I am so very pleased to receive this award as recognition of the work that we at 771 Naval Air Squadron provide day in, day out and to my fellow aircrew, engineers and all the support staff. 

"It was truly a team effort and we couldn't have done without them. It has been fantastic to actually meet the yachtsman we rescued, catch up on what happened and provide some closure to the event."

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord said: "Over the last five years, the Sun Military Awards has shone the spotlight on the courage, tenacity and professionalism of our Armed Forces. 

"This year has been no exception, showcasing these outstanding men and women, serving the nation's interests both across the world on operations, and in the UK."

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the event – billed as "A Night of Heroes" – held at the Imperial War Museum, London last night.  

They were joined by the Prime Minister and Mrs Cameron, defence ministers and military chiefs, senior government and political figures, as well as stars from the worlds of entertainment and sport

Members of the public who work tirelessly to support the armed services were also recognised. 

The ceremony, including reconstructions of the acts of heroism that were nominated, will be shown on ITV1 next Friday. (December 14).

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