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Minister presents Bravery Awards

19 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew presented bravery awards to four Ardglass fishermen at a ceremony held yesterday evening in Stormont.

Kenneth Magowan, Hadyn Wills, Jason Parker and Michael Pleasance were all involved in the attempted rescue of Paul Bogues during a storm in Ardglass in December 2006. Their courage has been recognised by the Royal Humane Society who made the awards.

Speaking after the ceremony, Michelle Gildernew said:

"It was a great pleasure to present these awards to exceptional people who have set a tremendous example that inspires us all. They showed great courage and bravery in the face of atrocious weather conditions and they richly deserved their awards.

Our thoughts were also with Bogues and Gibson families as we remembered the tragic loss of not only of Paul, but also his son Conor Bogues and Donal Gibson. It was good to see Bogues family here today and I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with them."


The Royal Humane Society was established in 1774 and makes awards to individuals who have risked their lives, or given assistance, to save the lives of others.

Kenneth Magowan was awarded a Testimonial on Vellum for putting himself in considerable danger in an attempt to save life. Hadyn Wills was awarded a Testimonial on Parchment for putting himself in danger to save life. Jason Parker, and Michael Pleasance were awarded Certificates of Commendation for practical assistance during an attempt to save life.

Paul Bogues sadly died from the head injuries he received when swept from the sea wall during the storm. Paul Bogues son Conor perished along with Donal Gibson when the trawler Greenhill sank off Ardglass in January 2006.

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