Cross Sound Ferry Crew Honored After Saving Five Lives

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Eva Van Camp, Commander for Sector Long Island Sound, presents U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Merit to Cross Sound Ferry Cape Henlopen crew in New London, Connecticut on August 14. Courtesy Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Pappaly

The U.S. Coast Guard honored the crew of the Cross Sound Ferry for a saving five people in the waters north of Plum Island last month.

Coast Guard Captain Eva Van Camp, the Sector Long Island Sound commander, presented the crew of the Cape Henlopen with a Certificate of Merit for the rescue during a ceremony in New London, Connecticut, on Friday.

On July 20, Sector Long Island Sound received a report of a vessel taking on water and transmitted the distress call over the maritime radio. The captain and crew of Cape Henlopen ferry heard the call and were close enough to respond quickly.

The Cape Henlopen crew rescued five people in the Long Island Sound when they noticed a vessel in distress and taking on water on July 20. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony J. Pappaly

The crew deployed the ferry’s life raft and took all five stranded boaters onboard the ferry, the Coast Guard said. The crew also checked the rescued boaters for medical concerns and brought them safely to shore.

“I cannot overemphasize the value of our professional partners in the maritime industry,” Van Camp said. “The incredible actions and skill displayed without hesitation by the crew of Cape Henlopen in the aid of five fellow mariners, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

The Certificate of Merit, according to the Coast Guard, recognizes, significant endeavors by individuals and groups that prove to be beneficial to one or more of the Coast Guard’s missions and responsibilities as to warrant a tangible, public expression of appreciation.

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