Gold Lifesaving Medal to be Presented Posthumously to San Francisco Man

San Francisco -  Mrs. Jacqueline Coats will accept the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Thursday, on behalf of her husband, Marlin A. Coats, who died heroically saving two young boys in the waters off of Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The Gold Lifesaving Medal is one of highest honors presented to civilians by the federal government.

On May 14, 2006, Coats dove into the icy waters off of Ocean Beach after hearing the screams of two young boys, ages 11 and 14, who were caught in the current.

After determining that the older boy was able to swim back to shore, Coats, a former lifeguard, attempted to rescue the younger boy. As he fought against the strong rip current, Coats struggled to keep the boy above water until help arrived.

National Park Service lifeguards soon arrived and pulled both Coats and the boy to shore. However, Coats was unconscious and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The ceremony will be held at Sector San Francisco.

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