Coast Guard aircrew receives Air Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medals

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew received an Air Medal and Coast Guard Commendation Medals during an awards ceremony held at the air station Friday.

Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz, 11th Coast Guard District commander, presented the Air Medal to Lt. Cmdr. James R. Kenshalo, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and Coast Guard Commendation Medals to Lt. Beau C. Belanger, the helicopter co-pilot, Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis L. Swain, aviation maintenance technician (flight mechanic) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey A. Fix, aviation survival technician (rescue swimmer) for their part in the rescue of six hypothermic hikers from a remote cove near Point Reyes, Calif., July 30, 2013.

Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz, 11th Coast Guard District commander, presented a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin aircrew with an Air Medal and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals during a ceremony held at the air station Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The aircrew was awarded for their rescue of six stranded hypothermic hikers near Point Reyes, Calif., July 30, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena)

Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz, 11th Coast Guard District commander, presented a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin aircrew with an Air Medal and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals during a ceremony held at the air station Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena)

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received notification and a request for assistance from the National Park Service in the search for six stranded hikers in the vicinity of Pelican Lake, Calif.

An Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin aircrew was launched and located the missing hikers near Abalone Point, Calif. The rescue swimmer was deployed and rescued four of the hikers. The rescue swimmer remained on scene with the remaining two hikers while the helicopter crew returned for fuel and brought the four hikers ashore. The aircrew quickly returned and hoisted the rescue swimmer and remaining two hikers.

Click HERE for copies of the award citations. (pdf)

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  1. magnummedals says:

    This is another great work by Coast Guard aircrew. They really deserve such a honour.