TOWING a potentially explosive torpedo out of harm’s way was all in a day’s work for fisherman Peter Storey.
Peter, the skipper of the Royal Sovereign fishing boat, and his crew spotted a British made 20ft torpedo not far from the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry lane.
He wasn’t sure if the floating explosive was live, but fully understood the dire implications of leaving it in the busy shipping lane.
Peter bravely attached a rope to the device and towed it to safer waters outside of Sovereign Harbour where a Royal Navy bomb disposal team were quickly on the scene.
The navy experts established the torpedo was safe before it was brought ashore in the harbour.
In recognition of his heroic act, Peter has been awarded March’s Resident of the Month Award, sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.
Director at Advanta Richard King met Peter this week to present him with a special certificate.
Richard said, “Peter risked his life to ensure the safety of others.
“Had the torpedo been live and collided with a cross channel ferry we would be reflecting on a major catastrophe in the waters off Eastbourne. He is a most deserving winner of the Resident of the Month.”
Speaking about the incident, Peter said, “It wasn’t just down to me; it was the whole crew who were with me at the time, including my dog. I’m not a hero, but we had to do something with the torpedo.
“It was getting dark so we let the coastguard know and put a rope on it. We were all involved.”
Peter is now looking forward to a complimentary meal for two at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.
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