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Sea Princess officer honoured for daring rescue during world cruise

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Third Officer Max Bingle received the Merchant Navy Medal for ‘incredible bravery’ during Sea Princess’ world cruise from Sydney last year
Third Officer Max Bingle, 24, is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal awarded to him for rescuing three sailors from a sinking boat in the Caribbean during Sea Princess’ world cruise from Sydney last year. 

Incredible bravery

Bingle commanded a fast rescue boat in heavy seas with two colleagues from the ship to save the three men from drowning in an act described as ‘incredible bravery.’

Highest tradition

Princess Cruises’ SVP Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said Bingle’s performance and that of his Sea Princess colleagues adhered to the highest level of maritime tradition by going to the rescue of fellow seafarers in peril.

‘There were around 2,000 Australian guests on board Sea Princess when this dramatic incident took place in the Caribbean,’ Allison said.

‘They would have been aware of the rescue at the time and will be pleased to know that Third Officer Bingle has been honoured in this way.’

'What we are trained to do'

‘Saving lives is what we are trained to do as seafarers and I am grateful for this recognition,’ Bingle said.  

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