The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Shaun Lin, 23, who died during a training exercise after falling into the James River near Newport News Wednesday evening, served the Coast Guard for approximately 3 years.
Lin, of Staten Island, N.Y. joined the Coast Guard July 17, 2007 and after boot camp was sent to Coast Guard Station Boston as a Fireman (09/28/07-06/03/09). In 2009 he was transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Maui serving in the North Arabian Gulf (06/03/09-06/23/10) before arriving at Maritime Safety and Security Team New York.
His awards and accolades include: two Commandant Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Unit Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Rifle Marksman Ribbon and a Coast Guard Pistol Marksman Ribbon.