Blue Toon’s Brave Heart

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hosts the Brave@Heart Awards in the Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle'Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography'6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX 'Tel 07809 450119,
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hosts the Brave@Heart Awards in the Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle'Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography'6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX 'Tel 07809 450119,

A Peterhead man has been honoured for his act of bravery after he tried to rescue a man who had driven his car into the harbour last year.

Gavin Sutherland was presented with the Brave@Heart award by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at ceremony at Edinburgh Castle on October 6.

Gavin said: “I’m obviously very proud to be recognised for it but I really don’t know how to feel about it.

“It was a spur of the moment decision.”

On April 7 2014 Gavin jumped into Peterhead Harbour in an attempt to save the life of a man who had driven his taxi into the water in an apparent suicide attempt.

Tragically Gavin was unable to rescue the man but his courageous and selfless act was recognised alongside 44 other recipients at the night in Edinburgh.

Gavin was also quick to acknowledge his fellow award winners on the night.

He said: “I would like to say that there was people there a lot more deserving than me.”

Although proud of his award Gavin is hopeful that the situation never rises again where he has to make the same decision.

Gavin said: “I’m sure I would do it again if I had too but touch wood that never happens.”