Elizabeth City Coast Guard members receive awards for tall ship Bounty rescue

5th Coast Guard District News

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard honored 25 crewmembers Wednesday at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., for their efforts during the tall ship Bounty rescue.

Rear Adm. Steven Ratti presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Haba and Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Todd, both rescue swimmers at the air station who rescued 14 of the 16 Bounty crewmembers.

The Distinguished Flying cross is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The act must have been in the face of great danger and well above normal expectations.

The remainder of the HC-130 Hercules and MH-60 Jayhawk personnel received awards ranging from commendation medals to air medals.

“It was a challenging situation,” said Adm. Steven Ratti, the Coast Guard’s 5th District commander.  “Not everybody could respond to the level they did and be so successful.”

Images from the ceremony may be seen on the Coast Guard News Flickr page.

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