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Disaster honours.


HEROES of the Marchioness disaster are to receive bravery awards - 12 years after the tragedy in which 51 people died.

The eight police officers and 11 civilians, who helped save 80 lives, will be honoured with Royal Humane Society awards.

Crewman Andrew McGowan, who risked his own life to free trapped passengers, is to be given a rare medal for courage. A society spokesman said: "The acts of heroism that dreadful night demonstrate raw courage."

The pleasure boat was hit by the Bowbelle and sank on The Thames in 1989.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2001
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