The U.S. Coast Guard issued a letter of Commendation this month, recognizing the Steamship Authority and the captain and crew of the SSA ferry M/V Nantucket for their swift and heroic rescue of a fisherman, very likely saving his life.
On the morning of August 30, 2016, a fisherman fell overboard from the commercial fishing vessel Sky Pie into the waters of Nantucket Sound. The SSA ferry M/V Nantucket, en route on its regularly-scheduled trip from Hyannis to Nantucket, heard the distress call and immediately mobilized to assist in rescue efforts. MV Nantucket Captain David H. Moore diverted the ferry from its standard course to the vicinity of the F/V Sky Pie and launched the ferry’s rescue boat.
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Richard J. Schultz, Commander of the USCG’s Sector Southeastern New England, said in his letter of commendation to M/V Nantucket Captain David Moore: the M/V Nantucket’s crew swiftly maneuvered the ferry’s rescue boat “into close proximity of the distressed fisherman to quickly and safely recover the individual within minutes. Once safely aboard the rescue boat, first aid was promptly and properly administered. The fisherman survived this perilous accident due entirely to your (Captain David Moore’s) professional response and that of your crew.”
Schultz continues: “The swift actions, sound judgment, and expert seamanship displayed by you and the crew of the M/V Nantucket undoubtedly saved a fisherman’s life and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”
The Coast Guard’s letter was revealed during a meeting of the Steamship Authority’s board today, along with a Letter of Commendation co-signed by Steamship Authority General Manager Wayne Lamson and Port Captain Charles G. Gifford.
Lamson and Gifford recognized Captain David Moore and the crew of the M/V Nantucket for their proficient, professional, and admirable life-saving rescue. The Commendation also recognizes Pilot/Mate Christopher Keating, for his supervision of the crew during the rescue mission, and the crew of the rescue boat – Able Seaman Timothy Smith and Able Seaman Richard Fraser – for the rescue and safe retrieval of the fisherman.
Acknowledging the perilous conditions that face mariners, and the dangers faced daily by those in the commercial fishing industry, Lamson and Gifford praised the M/V Nantucket’s crew for taking actions that saved a life.
“From the Steamship Authority to the crew of the M/V Nantucket, your actions and professionalism represent the best of who and what we are. Your actions are highly commendable and in keeping with the highest traditions for the safety of life at sea, and we thank you.”
Crew Members of the M/V Nantucket:
|Captain David Moore||Pilot/Mate Christopher Keating|
|Purser Barry Fuller||Bosun Carlos Tavares|
|A.B. Timothy Smith||A.B. Richard Fraser|
|A.B. Tom Kelleher||O.S. Doug Aguiar|
|C/E Edward Kelleher||Oiler Bruce Demers|