Coast Guard honors Bounty rescue crew

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cg0627The Coast Guard honored 25 crewmembers Wednesday at Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., for their efforts during the tall ship Bounty rescue.

Rear Adm. Steven Ratti presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Haba and Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Todd, rescue swimmers at the air station who rescued 14 of the 16 Bounty crewmembers.

The Bounty sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., last Oct. 29 after sailing into Hurricane Sandy, taking the lives of its captain, Robin Walbridge, and crewmember Claudene Christian. A 180-foot, three-masted square rigger, Bounty was built in 1962 for the filming of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando,

todd0627The service said the Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The act must have been in the face of great danger and well above normal expectations.

The remainder of the HC-130 Hercules and MH-60 Jayhawk personnel received awards ranging from commendation medals to air medals.

“It was a challenging situation,” Adm. Steven Ratti, the Coast Guard’s 5th District commander, said in a statement. “Not everybody could respond to the level they did and be so successful.”

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