Coast Guard boat crew recognized for quick response

PORTLAND, Maine (D1 Public Affairs) – Four Coast Guardsmen were presented with awards Tuesday at Coast Guard Station Eastport for their actions when the 80-foot Eastport-based vessel Sylvina W. Beal ran hard aground south of Indian Island near New Brunswick, Canada, June 23, 2008.

Capt. James B. McPherson, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, presented rescue boat coxswain Petty Officer 2nd Class Cameron C. McCabe with the Coast Guard’s Achievement Medal, and rescue boat crewmembers Petty Officers 3rd Class Chad B. Eakin, Daniel D. Ladnier and William T. Perdue III with the Coast Guard’s Letter of Commendation.

“We are proud of these Coast Guardsmen,” said McPherson. “These awards are well-deserved. The initial actions of this boat crew directly resulted in the safety of the passengers and crew of the Sylvina W. Beal.”

McCabe, Eakin, Ladnier and Perdue evacuated all 41 passengers from the Sylvina W. Beal, and assured the vessel, which had flooded with about 1,500 gallons of water, made it safely to back to port.

“I’m very proud of my crew,” said Chief Petty Officer James Malcolm, the officer in charge of Station Eastport. “They have earned this recognition through the fruits of their own hard work, training and expertise.”

To read the original rescue story visit Maine Schooner Runs Aground.

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