Hero RAF pilot awarded top military honour for rescuing baby
An RAF Chinook pilot has been awarded a top military honour for saving the life of a seven-month-old baby girl.
Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his heroic actions in the wake of devastating Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
With no other aircraft available for the mission, Flt Lt Eveson and his crew flew to Dominica through treacherous conditions, at a very low level over the sea to reach the baby, who was struggling to breathe.
"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.