Tacoma resident earns Coast Guard Public Service Commendation

SEATTLE – A Tacoma, Wash., resident is being presented a Coast Guard Public Service Commendation at Coast Guard Group/Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., at 1 p.m., Wednesday.

Mike Ferguson is being recognized for assisting a distressed vessel near Cape Flattery, Wash., August 29, 2009.

Ferguson was underway on his charter boat, the Mark V when he heard an urgent marine information broadcast over the radio regarding a 28-foot pleasure craft. The pleasure craft had four people on board and was adrift and rapidly heading into hazardous conditions. He quickly identified the vessel in distress, informed the Coast Guard he was assisting.

Ferguson was able to bring his charter boat alongside the distressed vessel and transferred four people, including two children onto his boat. He was also able to pass a towline to the pleasure craft and tow it to safer waters.

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