Two North Carolina Coast
Guard crews will be recognized at the annual Coast Guard Foundation Salute to the Coast Guard awards ceremony in New York.
Lt. Cmdr. Donald E. Bader
, Lt.j.g. Audie J. Andry, Petty Officer 1st Class Arthur J. Thompson, Jr., and Petty Officer 2nd Class James A. Geramita
, of Air Station Elizabeth City
, will be recognized at the ceremony.
The commandant of the Coast Guard cited this helicopter crew's heroic actions in a search and rescue mission which resulted in saving three people on the sailing vessel Al Meisan, which was floundering with a broken mast and tangled rigging in 30-40 foot seas and turbulent winds greater than 50 knots.
Lt. Charles K. Fluke, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer Morgan B. Dudley
, and Chief Warrant Officer Keith M. Stegall
, of Sector North Carolina in Fort Macon will
also be recognized at the ceremony.
They are cited for heroic actions in recovering a 460-ft. barge laden with 5.5 million gallons of heavy oil in danger of running aground and polluting the North Carolina coast in gale-force winds and high seas. The three arrived on the deck of the barge from a helicopter vertical-insertion line. Once they determined the emergency towing equipment was fouled, they improvised a plan to enable a commercial tug to tow the barge, preventing an environmental disaster.
The ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on Oct. 19.