Coast Guard award for heroic civilian action to be presented in Westport

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard will present a Meritorious Public Service Award to Matt Loughran, of Westport, Wash., Thursday, for his performance rescuing a young man at the Westport Jetty.

Rear Adm. Gary Blore, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, Westport.

While surfing on Sept. 17, 2009 Loughran noticed a young man struggling against severe weather conditions, and with quick action put himself in danger, swimming into a zone of large waves and hazardous rocks to assist. He then towed the young man out of a rip current, through a heavy surf zone and onto the beach, an effort taking more than twenty minutes.

The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is given, β€œto recognize unusual courage in advancing a Coast Guard mission, substantial contributions to the Coast Guard that produce tangible results and specific individual accomplishments that provide unique benefits to the public.”

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