SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials presented a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to two Bainbridge Island residents at a ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, Friday.
Sean Meek and his daughter, Grace Meek, received the award for their rescue of seven adults, a child and a dog from a capsized vessel in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island on August 31, 2014.
Capt. Joe Raymond, commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, and members of the small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle that responded to Sean Meek’s mayday call on the day of the rescue presented the award.
The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is the second-highest public service award given by the Coast Guard to recognize unusual courage in advancing a Coast Guard mission, substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that produced tangible results, or specific individual accomplishments that provide unique benefits to the public.