Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Parchment
In the early hours of 13th July 2017 John CHAPPORY, aged 74, was out fishing alone in the Straights of Gibraltar in a small boat with a 50 HP outboard motor. It was extremely foggy and the shipping lanes were very busy. He had no radio and only a compass for guidance. Having had a couple of near misses with other vessels he decided to return to port. As he set off he heard a whistle. Assuming someone was in trouble, he set off towards the sound, occasionally stopping in the fog and listening as he got closer. He eventually found a becalmed yacht. They had no power and had spent the night in the Straits, and had had a number of near misses with larger vessels. John contacted the Gibraltar Port Authority using a mobile phone, who told him there was no emergency cover available and they should contact a salvage company. The English couple begged John not to leave them so, despite the inadequacy of his boat he took them on tow. It took John four hours to cover the five miles back to shore, emerging from the fog near the southern end of the Rock.
For his actions that dawn John CHAPPORY was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Parchment.