Coast Guard recognizes Good Samaritans for heroic actions

NEW YORK - (From right to left) Capt. Jason Tama, deputy, Coast Guard Sector New York, crewman Gregorio Pages and captain David Dort from ferry vessel Governor Thomas H. Kean are presented with a Good Samaritan award, Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 during Passenger Vessel Industry Day in Brooklyn, NY. The captain and crewman from New York Waterway ferry, rescued an individual who leapt off the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal seawall as the ferry was approaching for mooring on Nov. 3, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Medley)

NEW YORK – (From right to left) Capt. Jason Tama, deputy, Coast Guard Sector New York, crewman Gregorio Pages and captain David Dort from ferry vessel Governor Thomas H. Kean are presented with a Good Samaritan award, Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Medley)

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Sector New York recognized New York Waterway ferry captain David Dort and crewmembers Gregorio Pages and Pietro Romano from vessel Governor Thomas H. Kean for their performance in rescuing an individual from the Hudson River.

The men were presented the Good Samaritan Award by Capt. Jason Tama, deputy, Coast Guard Sector New York, Thursday, during a Passenger Vessel Industry Day in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ferry vessel Governor Thomas H. Kean was approaching the terminal for mooring when an individual jumped from the seawall into the water on the morning of Nov. 3, 2017.

Dort directed Pages and Romano, to recover the individual via deployment of the ferry’s Jason’s Cradle, a specialized ladder designed for water rescues. Upon retrieval, the individual refused to be rescued, and the crew had to subdue him until transfer to emergency medical services and the New York Police Department.

The Coast Guard Good Samaritan Award is granted to private individuals that made a significant effort that resulted in the completion of an endeavor that is significantly beneficial to one or more of the Coast Guard’s mission or statutory responsibilities as to require a tangible expression of appreciation.

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