Coast Guardsman Identified in Tragic Accident

SEATTLE – The Coast Guardsman who perished in Sunday’s tragic accident north of Vashon Island has been identified.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill was killed during a training exercise on Sunday March 25th.Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Anchorage, based in Anchorage, Alaska, was a native of Cranston, R.I., and is survived by his wife, his parents and brother. He was a reservist on active duty who has served the Coast Guard since October 2003. His previous assignments included Marine Safety Office, Providence, R.I. and Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod, Mass. He had been assigned to MSST Anchorage since August 2004.

MSST Anchorage was performing an operation in Puget Sound Sunday when Petty Officer Gill was ejected from a 25-foot fast response boat. He was transferred to a waiting ambulance at Fauntleroy Cove and transported to Harbor View Medical Center where he was declared deceased.

VADM Wurster, the Pacific Area Commander stated, “Petty Officer Gill was a dedicated Coast Guardsman and patriot. He was performing Coast Guard Homeland Security operations, a mission he genuinely enjoyed. The entire Coast Guard is deeply saddened by this accident. Our prayers, thoughts and sympathy are with the family, friends and shipmates of Petty Officer Gill.”

MSST Anchorage was deployed to Seattle to conduct Maritime Homeland Security operations during the month of March. Sunday was the final scheduled day of operations. MSST Anchorage is preparing to return to Alaska.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill was killed during a training exercise on Sunday March 25th

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