An Ilkeston Marine was among a team of rescuers honoured by the RSPCA after a daring clifftop drama.
Rope rescue teams and two Royal Marine crafts swung into action when the wild Dartmoor pony was spotted on a precarious ledge over a cliff at Rame Head near Torpoint, Cornwall.
The pony was 30ft above a rocky cove only accessible by boat.
Henry Mitchell of the 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines was awarded the The Bronze Gallantry award, for considerable displays of courage, skill and tenacity in the rescue of an animal, for his role in the rescue.
Colonel Garth Manager, commanding officer of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, said: “I am really very pleased that they are being recognised by the RSPCA for their part in the rescue.
“It shows the versatility we pride ourselves on in the Royal Marines that these men can help out in the local community one day rescuing animals and the next day be supporting the Royal Navy and Defence around the Globe.”
The RSPCA’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr James Yeates, said: “This was a complicated rescue which involved many organisations with a variety of skills.
“But it ended in the best possible way - the safe return of this little pony.”