Alaska Marine Highway vessel crew honored for rescuing 3 boaters

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:


(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Coast Guard will present the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Award to the crew of the Alaska Marine Highway Service vessel Chenega Monday for the rescue of three people from the vessel Wildfire June 8, 2008.

“The quick actions of the captain and crew are commendable and without a doubt prevented a tragic outcome,” said Capt. John S. Kenyon, commander Sector Anchorage.

Capt. Sam Daniels and his crew used the Chenega’s rescue boat to save three people including an 8 year-old child from the water in Passage Canal after rough seas capsized their 22-foot pleasure craft Wildfire.

Previous to the Wildfire event the crew assisted a stranded mariner on the North End of Lone Island Sept. 30, 2007.

Upon receiving the man’s distress call, the Chenega crew altered course, launched their rescue boat and recovered the stranded man. He was transferred to another good Samaritan vessel that transported him to Whittier.

Sept. 2, 2008, the Chenega’s crew rescued one kayaker from the water and rendered assistance to three others following a distress call. The kayakers were delivered safely to Whittier.

These are common examples of boating accidents in Alaska. The Coast Guard reminds mariners to wear their lifejackets, carry a radio and signaling device while on the water.

Recreational boaters can schedule a free vessel safety check of all the required safety equipment with their local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla. More information is available at Click on “I want a VSC!” to find an examiner near you.

By Professional Mariner Staff