Rescuers are busy around the SNSM speedboat stranded on the banks of the Sables-d'Olonne on June 7, 2019.

Storm Miguel: Macron Posthumously Decorates the Three Dead SNSM Rescuers

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HEROES: “Those who have agreed to take all risks to ensure the safety of others, to save one of their compatriots, are heroes of the Nation,” said the Elysee in a statement

Emmanuel Macron announced this Saturday in a statement that he named, posthumously, knights in the national order of the Legion of Honor the three rescuers of the SNSM dead the day off the Sables-d’Olonne. Their lifeboat had capsized, during the storm Miguel, while they went out to assist a fishing boat whose sailor was in trouble.

“These men are heroes. I decided to nominate them, posthumously, knight in the national order of the Legion of Honor, “wrote the head of state on Twitter.

“Heroes of the Nation”

“The thoughts of the President of the Republic go to the three French who lost their lives trying to help. They who have agreed to take all the risks to ensure the safety of others, to save one of their compatriots, are heroes of the Nation, “said the Elysee Palace this Saturday in a statement.

“This tragedy recalls the risks taken, the commitment made by the 8,000 sea rescuers in our country. The sacrifice of these sailors honours us and obliges us. It is with deep respect and great emotion that the President of the Republic salutes their voluntary commitment, their generosity, this instinct to save who animated them, this courage and the greatness they had to rush to the rescue of others. at the risk of their own lives, “added the Presidency.

The three dead rescuers were 28, 51 and 55, some fathers. The other four rescuers on board were able to save themselves by swimming. The fisherman, whom some rescuers knew, was not found.

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