Coast Guard honors ferry crew with Certificate of Merit

Photo credit Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Pappaly/Coast Guard District 1 PADET New York
By Connecting Vets

The Cooss Sound Ferry Cape Henlopen crew was presented with a public service award by the Coast Guard Friday in New London, Connecticut.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Commander Capt. Eva Van Camp presented the crew with a Certificate of Merit for the rescue of five people from a vessel north of Plum Island, New York on July 20, 2020. 

 "I cannot overemphasize the value of our professional partners in the maritime industry," she said in a release. "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."

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 On July 20, the Coast Guard received a report of a vessel taking on water. After locating the vessel, the crew deployed the ferry’s life raft and safely got all five stranded boaters onboard the ferry. The crew checked the rescued boaters for medical concerns and returned them safely to shore.

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 The Certificate of Merit recognizes significant endeavors by individuals and groups that prove to be significantly 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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