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Honors for Pierce County ferry crew

Post by Brent Champaco on April 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm with No Comments »
April 27, 2009 5:27 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard will honor the crew of the M/V Christine Anderson, a Pierce County vessel on the Anderson Island ferry run, for its quick thinking that saved a kayaker last year.

Coast Guard Capt. Suzanne Englebert will grace the Pierce County Council meeting with her nautical presence and lead the ceremony. The meeting starts 5:30 p.m., at Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St.

Here is the county’s full press release:

The United States Coast Guard will present official commendations to the crew of the Pierce County ferry during Tuesday’s in-district meeting of the County Council.

Coast Guard Capt. Suzanne Englebert will preside over the ceremony, which recognizes the crew of the Christine Anderson for life-saving actions last summer. Tuesday’s Council meeting will be held in District 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Steilacoom Town Hall.

"A true mariner knows the dangers, a professional mariner prevents the dangers, and a lifesaver is a professional mariner who responds to save others from danger. With these awards we salute both professional mariners and lifesavers,” said Capt. Englebert, who serves as the USCG Commander Sector Seattle and Captain of the Port for the entire Puget Sound region.

In the early evening of June 16, 2008, passengers on the ferry Christine Anderson saw a displaced kayaker waving frantically in the water several hundred yards from the vessel. Pierce County Captain Jay Mooney and his crew did an emergency stop and began scanning the water. Once the person was located, the crew deployed a life ring and maneuvered the person onto the ferry.

Engineer Bryan Friebel administered first aid while the captain made best speed to Anderson Island. The Anderson Island Fire Department met the ferry and evaluated the kayaker for injuries.

Following the incident, on July 29, 2008, an official Pierce County proclamation was given to Mooney, Friebel, senior deckhands Bryan Annis and Ben Howard, and deckhand-in-training Brenda Johnson.

“This was a great effort by the crew of the Christine Anderson. There was no hesitation about responding to someone in need,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.

Added District 6 Council Member Dick Muri, whose district includes the Anderson Island run: "It is good to know that we have well-trained professionals working in our Pierce County ferry system. And thanks to sharp-eyed passengers for spotting the situation and quickly alerting the crew. Great team work!"

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