North Bend-based Coast Guardsman receives medal for heroism

North Bend-based Coast Guardsman receives medal for heroism
Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity and his fiance, Chelsey Larsen, stand with Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich after Gromlich presented Harrity with the Coast Guard Medal Jan. 20, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener) SEATTLE — Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, presented the Coast Guard Medal to Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren...

Coast Guard swimmer completes triathlon-distance swim to rescue 4

Coast Guard swimmer completes triathlon-distance swim to rescue 4
CAPE BLANCO, Ore. — A Coast Guard rescue swimmer swam 1,750 yards in 5-foot seas and 30-mph winds to rescue four people after their fishing vessel grounded near Cape Blanco, Tuesday morning. Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity, a 27-year-old native of Jupiter, Florida, individually pulled each fisherman more than 250 yards in 57 degree water from their life raft to shore, where they were met by...