Gallery/Video: Lasting memorial to honour lives of five men who drowned in a 1914 maritime accident at Shingle Street

Unveiling of the plaque in recognition of five men who drowned in a maritime accident in the River O

Unveiling of the plaque in recognition of five men who drowned in a maritime accident in the River Ore a century ago. Former coastguard Richard Parsey.

A lasting memorial has been created in recognition of five men who drowned in a maritime accident off the Suffolk coast a century ago.

The disaster claimed the lives of five Shingle Street coastguards after their boat capsized on the night of May 1, 1914.

Tim Miller, a neighbour of the coastguard station, which closed last year, has been raising funds to pay for a permanent memorial to the men and to all those who manned the Shingle Street coast between the 1890s and 2013.

Mr Miller said: “It was a deeply moving day. The memorial recognises the five men who have never been commemorated and well over 100 years of dedicated service.”

The plaque was unveiled on Saturday, and Aldeburgh Lifeboat laid a wreath offshore.


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