Guardians presented with Silver Lifesaving Medal for the rescue of 14-year-old boy

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik R. Conatser, an information systems technician stationed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, and former Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramu Linsky, take a photo with Chris Williams and his mother Sarah Williams after being presented with Silver Lifesaving medals during a ceremony aboard the Waesche at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Friday, March 18. Conatser and Linsky were given the medals in recognition of their rescue of Chris Williams from the American River in Central California on August 15, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.

oast Guard photo by Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A Silver Lifesaving medal award ceremony was held aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, homeported at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Friday, March 18.

Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, presented the Silver Lifesaving medal to Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik R. Conatser, an information systems technician stationed aboard the Waesche and former Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramu Linksy, also stationed aboard the Waesche, for the rescue of a 14-year-old boy from the American River in Central California, Aug. 15, 2010.

Conatser and Linsky were rafting in the American River with friends when they spotted Chris Williams struggling to stay afloat after he dove into the river from a 40-foot high pedestrian bridge with no life jacket. As Williams was being swept under water, Conatser and Linsky jumped into the water after him and swam about 300 yards before they felt Williams’ body below them. Conatser and Linsky pulled Williams to shore where they discovered Williams was no longer breathing and did not have a pulse. They administered CPR for about three minutes before Williams started to breath again.

Williams was medically evacuated to UC Davis hospital, in Sacramento, Calif., where he spent the night before being released by doctors the following day.

The Silver Lifesaving Medal is awarded by the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard to any person who rescues or endeavors to rescue any other person from drowning, shipwreck or other perils of the water. If the rescue or attempted rescue evidences such extraordinary effort as to merit recognition, the medal shall be silver. Notable recipients of the Lifesaving Medal include Joshua James, Richard Evelyn Byrd, Henry Breault and Emlen Tunnell.

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