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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION PRESENTED TO COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY TEAM ON 11JAN10 FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER

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(L to R) BM2 Matthew Cade, Amy Thomas, Jim Thomas, RADM Wayne Justice (presenting), BMC Matthew Welsh, MEC Richard Gonzalez, MK1 Jeremiah Gray, and CAPT Mark Ogle (presenting) receive Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation.

 

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 RADM Wayne Justice (L) addresses the recipients of the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation. (L to R in line): Amy Thomas, James Thomas, MK1 Jeremiah Gray, MEC Richard Gonzalez, BMC Matthew Welsh, and BM2 Matthew Cade.

 

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(L to R): Amy Thomas watches as Jim Thomas receives Team Commendation Ribbon from RADM Wayne Justice as CG Station Milford Haven personnel observe.


NEWS RELEASE

It was a quiet December day on the Rappahannock with calm seas and little wind.  One lone recreational boat was out on the water towing another disabled boat to a marina. Then Coast Guard Station Milford Haven received a call from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office that a boater had become ill and was unable to continue his voyage.

 Station Milford Haven immediately diverted CG 25837 and requested assistance from Coast Guard Auxiliary 27137 on the Corrotoman River. Both boats arrived on scene at approximately 10:18 and the victim was transported to the closest point to meet personnel from the Lancaster County EMS. The initial assessment was carbon monoxide poisoning.

 It took a great cooperative effort between the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Lancaster County EMS, to get the victim ashore and on the way to the Rappahannock General Hospital Emergency Room for treatment.

 For this effort the Coast Guard and Auxiliary team that executed the Emergency Medical Evacuation (MEDVAC) were awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation by RADM Wayne Justice, Commander 5th Coast Guard District and CAPT Mark Ogle, Commander Sector Hampton Roads, at a ceremony at Coast Guard Station Milford Haven on Monday January 11th.

 Coast Guard personnel receiving the commendation were: BMC Matthew T. Welsh, Officer in Charge and coxswain of CG 25837; MEC Richard J. Gonzalez, Executive Petty Officer and Officer of the Day; MK1 Jeremiah C. Gray and BM2 Matthew S. Cade, crew aboard CG 25837. Coast Guard Auxiliarists receiving the commendation were Amy B. Thomas, coxswain of AUX 27137; James E. Thomas, crew aboard AUX 27137; Joseph J. Safranek, watchstander.

 During the ceremony Master Chief James G. Labarre, Sector Hampton Roads, commented “the teamwork, professionalism, and dedication of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary in executing this case is a great example of the concept of Team Coast Guard.”  RADM Justice & CAPT Ogle were both very pleased with the cooperative effort and that a life was saved, personally thanking each member of the team.

 “We got there just in time,” commented Chief Welsh, “Through no fault of his own, the boat operator was overcome with carbon monoxide.  Luckily he had enough experience and knowledge of boating to recognize that he was in trouble and contacted people for assistance.”

 At the Flotilla 33 meeting later that evening, Flotilla Commander Wally Dawson added “our members conduct so many training exercises with the Coast Guard so that we are ready when a need arises. This is a prime example of how a few minutes can make a difference.”

Boaters are advised to closely watch for the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can onset suddenly without warning, and cause headaches, nausea, and severe disorientation. The symptoms can actually mimic sea-sickness.

For detailed information on carbon monoxide poisoning visit the Coast Guard website http://www.uscgboating.org/. Click on the Safety tab, then Carbon Monoxide.

 

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