The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — The Coast Guard and maritime partners across Brunswick and Savannah, Ga., have been awarded the ReadyCommunities Partnership 2019 National Service Award for diligence and collaboration in the Golden Ray rescue.
The award recognizes the leadership of Coast Guard Sector Charleston in coordination with maritime partners across the region including harbor pilots, law enforcement, salvors and others.
The award was accepted Friday by Coast Guard Sector Charleston, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, and Coast Guard Station Brunswick. Capt. John Reed, commander, Coast Guard Sector Charleston, accepted the award on behalf of all maritime partners who participated in the rescue.
The National Service Award was presented by Cornell Harvey, mayor of Brunswick; and Dr. Rosalie J. Wyatt, Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association president and ReadyCommunities Partnership national director.
ReadyCommunities Partnership National Service and Sacrifice Awards acknowledge stakeholders for their role in strategic port community and national resiliency, they also help to build community and foster a culture of resiliency for economic and national security and to protect lives in the first 72 hours of a large-scale or national crisis. Since 2007, the ReadyCommunities Partnership has presented its National Service and Sacrifice Awards to communities, responders, organizations, and citizens for exemplary service and has also honored those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Click here to read Professional Mariner's coverage of the rescue.