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News // Mar 22, 2022

Coast Guard Foundation Announces Ft. Lauderdale Tribute to U.S. Coast Guard

  • Ron LaBrec

The Coast Guard Foundation is heading to the Sunshine State April 22 to honor Coast Guard members in the Southeast U.S. at its Tribute to the Coast Guard 7th District event. With its headquarters in Miami, the “Super Seventh” is responsible for Coast Guard activities in a 1.7 million square mile area including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Sea.

The event will highlight the action of Coast Guard personnel at the onset of the pandemic. When COVID-19 first appeared 125 cruise ships carrying U.S. citizens were stranded, with no port to take them in. The Coast Guard worked with the CDC, state and local agencies, and cruise ship operators to safely return those Americans to their families. These efforts facilitated the safe screening, quarantine, and repatriation of more than 250,000 cruise ship passengers. In addition, they conducted more than 30 life-saving evacuations related to cases of COVID-19 on cruise ships.

Cruise ship medevac
In addition to facilitating the safe landing and repatriation of 250,000 cruise ship passengers in the first months of the pandemic, Coast Guard crews medically evacuated more than 30 cruise ship passengers suffering from life-threatening COVID-19 complications.

We will also recognize the heroic efforts of a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater who rescued four people after extreme weather capsized their vessel 30 miles west of Cedar Key.

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Survivors rescued by a Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew after their vessel capsized 30 miles west of Cedar Key, Florida, June 25, 2021.
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The Foundation will also present an award to a special community honoree. Dan Thorogood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seabulk, will be honored for more than 30 years of dedicated support to the Coast Guard Foundation and the men and women of the Coast Guard.

The Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz and other national and regional leaders will attend as will Coast Guard personnel and members of the maritime community from throughout Florida.

The event, which includes a reception, dinner, and dancing, will be held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Friday, April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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