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Submitted By: Chief Petty Officer Michael Durrett

   A crew of reservists from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., saved five people from a sailing vessel that was drifting onto a rock jetty Jan. 29.

 The six-member boatcrew was headed in to refuel after completing a routine security patrol when they observed a 32-foot sailboat adrift with smoke coming from the engine room.

  The vessel’s sails were down, and the operator of the vessel told the Coast Guard crewmembers that the engine was inoperable. The crew of the Coast Guard’s 29-foot rescue boat took the sailing vessel in a side tow, and embarked the five people aboard, including an infant. A safety inspection revealed expired extinguishers.

  The crew of the CG29195, Petty Officers 1st Class James Ketcham, Gabriel Aquino, and David Beeler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Godfrey, and Petty Officers 3rd Class Chris Findley and Franklin Fernandez, saved the vessel from drifting onto the rocks and injuring the occupants. Bravo zulu.

 

 

Crew of CG2915 from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg

The crew of the CG29195, Petty Officers 1st Class James Ketcham, Gabriel Aquino, and David Beeler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Godfrey, and Petty Officers 3rd Class Chris Findley and Franklin Fernandez, saved five people from adrift sailing vessel.