Coast Guard Honors Three Fallen Crewman

Wreath laying at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River

LA PUSH, Wash. – Seaman Andrew Wieruke removes a wreath from a memorial at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River. The memorial is dedicated to three Coast Guard crewmen who lost their lives during a rescue mission in 1997. The wreath was subsequently placed at sea by a Coast Guard motor lifeboat crew.

February 12 marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that claimed the lives of Seaman Clinton Miniken, Petty Officer Second Class David Bosley and Petty Officer Third Class Matthew Schlimme. The three were killed during an attempt to rescue two people from the sailing vessel, Gale Runner, that was taking on water in 25-ft seas and 40-knot winds near the entrance to the Quillayute River.
Coast Guard photo by Jeff Pollinger.

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