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RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY & JIM THOMAS RECEIVE MEDALS OF OPERATIONAL MERIT ON 25SEP10

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(L TO R): U.S. COAST GUARD REAR ADMIRAL KEVIN COOK & DISTRICT 5 SOUTHERN REGION COMMODORE AL DEJEAN PRESENT FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY & JIM THOMAS WITH MEDALS OF OPERATIONAL MERIT, WITH DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMODORE TOM VENIZIO & CAPT MARK OGLE ALSO PRESENTING.

THE AWARDS ARE FOR ACTIONS TAKEN DURING THE BOATING ACCIDENT AT RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ON 05JUL10 RESULTING IN THE SAVING OF 9 LIVES.

The Citations Read:

Auxiliarist Jim & Amy THOMAS are cited for outstanding operational skill as demonstrated on the evening of July 5th, 2010, while serving aboard Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Facility (OPFAC) 27137.  At approximately 2150 local time, Coast Guard Station Milford Haven received a call from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office reporting a 22 foot pleasure craft with 10 people onboard had collided with a fixed navigational aid on the Rappahannock River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.  Given the number of passengers and potential severity of the accident, the station called upon Auxiliarists Jim and Amy THOMAS to assist with the rescue response. Within minutes of the call, OPFAC 27137 was enroute, arriving first on scene, and was directed to proceed immediately to Water View on Parrots Creek for the critical task of ferrying much needed Emergency Medical Services personnel and equipment to the accident scene. Auxiliarists Jim & Amy THOMAS’ fast action made for an effortless and rapid response by all participating agencies, saving valuable time and greatly increasing the survival chances of the critically injured boaters. After all the injured victims were stabilized, OPFAC 27137 assisted in transporting them ashore to awaiting ambulances and life flight helicopters. As the tasking shifted to searching for the remaining missing boater, Auxiliarists Jim & Amy THOMAS remained vigilant, tirelessly working the search area through the night and into the next morning.  Their exceptional dedication and performance of duty directly resulted in saving nine lives from one of the worst recreational boating accidents ever reported in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Auxiliarist Jim & Amy THOMAS’s diligence, perseverance, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”

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