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Deaf sailor awarded highest honor for bravery

deaf sailor awarded for saving life

A deaf sailor was recently awarded for his bravery in saving the life of another crew member, despite having difficulty communicating on board.

Twenty-eight year old Gavin Reid was competing in in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race when he received a signal for help from another vessel off the Australian coast, according to NBC News.

Reid sprung to help, climbing a 75-foot yacht mast to help the crewmate who was tangled in the ropes and stuck for seven hours, according to the news report. It took him nearly two hours to rescue him, “a task made no easier by the communication barrier.”

“The only problem is I’m deaf and they’re Australian, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to hear them,” he told NBC. “I’m just amazed that I managed to do the job that I set out to do.”

He was awarded the Yachtsman of the Year at the Yachting Journalists’ Association awards for his actions.

Read the full article on NBCNews.com

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Jill von Bueren is the editor-in-chief of HearingLikeMe.com.Originally from the U.S., she now resides in Zurich, Switzerland. She has a background in journalism and is currently working on her second novel.
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