Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson MOD
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RAF Chinook Pilot Honoured For Rescuing Baby Girl From Hurricane

Flt Lt Eveson braved treacherous conditions to reach the seven-month-old baby who was struggling to breathe.

Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson MOD

Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson, who has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (Picture: MOD).

An RAF Chinook pilot has been awarded a top military honour for saving the life of a seven-month-old baby girl in the wake of devastating Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service after he dashed to Dominica to reach the baby, who was struggling to breathe. 

With no other aircraft available for the mission, Flt Lt Eveson and his crew flew to the island through treacherous conditions, at a very low level over the sea.

He said: "It was a bit sketchy en-route, obviously the weather was still pretty poor ... Lots of tropical rainstorms and heavy clouds in the area.

RAF Chinook pilot Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson and his crew CREDIT MOD
RAF Chinook pilot Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson (rear left) and his crew (Picture: MOD).

"It was quite a lonely and frightening flight because all the air traffic controllers and radar services were down on the islands because they had to reduce power because of the hurricanes.

"We were very much on our own out there ... It was weather that on anything other than a lifesaving mission, you probably would not think twice about returning to base in."

The 34-year-old, who is part of 27 Squadron and based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, said his daughter Olivia was around the same age as the baby they rescued, which made him relate to the situation on a personal level.

Describing receiving the award as an "incredible honour" that took him by surprise, he stressed the rescue was "undoubtedly a crew effort", and that he is pleased to see the efforts of the Chinook detachment recognised.

Thirty personnel from across the tri-services have been included in the Operational Honours and Awards list.

The list recognises the bravery and selfless service of British personnel across the world.