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Coast Guard recognizes mariners for rescue of 3 Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy

Derek Southern, Raymond Hudson and Brian Castleton (holding awards) pose with three men that they helped rescue from a capsized boat after a ceremony in San Diego, April 21, 2014. Mike, Riley and Zach Lopo were adrift in the ocean for three hours until the crew and passengers of the sport fishing vessel New Seaforth worked together to rescue them in May 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to present awards to mariners who rescued three men who were adrift in the ocean in May 2013, during a ceremony in San Diego Monday.

Crewmembers and passengers aboard the charter vessel New Seaforth who were underway for a fishing excursion rescued a father and his two adult sons after their boat capsized, leaving them drifting in the waters off La Jolla for three hours.

All three men were hypothermic when they were rescued, and one required 45 minutes of CPR before he regained consciousness.

Derek Southern, a crewman who jumped into the ocean to help save two lives will receive the Certificate of Valor. Raymond Hudson and Brian Castleton, captain and crewman of the New Seaforth who assisted in rescuing the three survivors will receive Meritorious Public Service Awards.

Five passengers who assisted in providing first aid and CPR to the survivors will also be receiving Meritorious Public Service Awards during separate ceremonies at a later date.

“Without the decisive actions of the men and women aboard the New Seaforth, this story would have had a very tragic ending,” said Capt. Sean Mahoney, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego. “This is a perfect example of mariners looking out for each other, and we applaud the lifesaving actions they took to rescue these men.”

The award presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Hubbs Auditorium-SeaWorld Research Institute, 2595 Ingraham Street, San Diego, CA 92109.

Media who would like to attend should contact the Coast Guard Public Affairs office at 619-252-1304.


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This work, Coast Guard to recognize rescuers of three from capsized boat, by PO1 Henry Dunphy, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.18.2014

Date Posted:04.23.2014 17:20

Location:SAN DIEGO, CA, USGlobe

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