Coast Guard honors Tidewater tug crew for Snake River rescue

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Members of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Portland presented a Public Service Commendation award to the crewmembers of the tug vessel Captain Bob at an event in Vancouver, Wash., on Thursday.

Greg Majeski, captain of the Captain Bob, accepted the award on behalf of his crew who were unable to attend the event. 

The crew of the Captain Bob rescued two people who were forced to abandon ship after their boat caught fire and burned to the water line on the Snake River, approximately three miles from the Ice Harbor Dam, near Kennewick, Wash., on Sept. 11, 2014.

“Today we recognized the captain and crew of the tug Captain Bob for upholding the mariner’s time-honored tradition of helping those in distress on the water,” said Lt. Benjamin Robinson, MSU Portland, chief of investigations division. “This award is an important reminder that the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission relies greatly on the concern and initiative of professional mariners.”

The Coast Guard Public Service Commendation award is intended to recognize personal and beneficial contributions to the Coast Guard's responsibilities. Recipients are often recognized for courage or initiative in advancing one or more Coast Guard missions or providing beneficial contribution in one mission area or a limited geographical area.

By Professional Mariner Staff