Fishing Vessel Captain Receives Meritorious Public Service Award

Captain Marc Lashua being presented with the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award in Juneau, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – Captain Marc Lashua was presented the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award in Seattle today for his role as captain of the fishing vessel (F/V) Sunset Bay during the rescue of the crew of the sailing vessel (S/V) Luck Dragon, disabled in the Bering Sea, October 3, 2007.

The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is the second highest award the Coast Guard can present for unusual courage in the advancement of Coast Guard missions (search & rescue).

On the afternoon of the October 3, 2007, the sailing vessel S/V Luck Dragon, with three personnel onboard, became disabled 65 nautical miles east of St. George Island, in the Bering Sea.

Captain Lashua and his crew diverted from their course and traveled 20 nautical miles in building seas to render assistance. Arriving on scene, Captain Lashua found the Luck Dragon disabled and adrift in 35-knot winds and 12-foot seas. Captain Lashua skillfully maneuvered his vessel alongside the stricken sailing vessel and recovered all three crewmembers uninjured.

With the crew of the Luck Dragon safely on board the Sunset Bay, Captain Lashua and his crew traveled 30 hours to Dutch Harbor, to deliver the survivors.

“Good Samaritans and concerned mariners are critical to saving lives and securing our country. The Coast Guard is very proud of Captain Lashua, his actions most certainly saved lives,” said Captain Mike Inman, Chief, Response Division, 17th Coast Guard District.

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