The Coast Guard Foundation Pacific Area Award was presented to Coast Guard Station San Francisco Boat Crew 25501 on Wednesday, May 16, for a rescue on Father's Day last year, saving a father and his two children from the cold waters of San Francisco Bay.
The evening featured a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club, overlooking San Francisco Bay, in honor of the five-person crew, and the professionalism they displayed on Father's Day 2011. A small motor boat that a father and his two children were on started to take on water, and eventually capsized, forcing the family into the frigid San Francisco Bay waters.
The boat crew, Petty Officer Mark Ward, Petty Officer Alexander Maher, Seaman David Sopher, Fireman Renee Brown and Seaman Benjamin Lowry responded to the situation and safely rescued the father and his children. The crew's quick actions meant the family needed treatment for only shock and mild hypothermia.
VADM Paul F. Zukunft, Commander of the Pacific Area, spoke of the importance of the Coast Guard's mission in the region, which ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern shores of Africa. VADM Zukunft highlighted the service's efforts in homeland security and drug interdiction, keeping our country's ports safe, and drugs off the streets.
"The strength of our service has always been in our people, and I think we saw that today," VADM Zukunft said of the awardee boat crew.
The San Francisco Bay area is well-known to sailors, boaters, windsurfers, kitesurfers and many others who enjoy the waterway for its attractiveness and renowned opportunities for recreation. Along with the natural beauty of this area, comes some inherent risks to those who enjoy these pastimes. In 2011 alone, as part of its responsibility in this region, Coast Guard Station San Francisco safely conducted more than 340 search and rescue cases, directly saving 50 people, assisting another 214 individuals in peril, and preserved more than $2 million in property.
The event was made possible by the support of a number of generous Coast Guard Foundation donors.Presenting Sponsor
EADS North America