Good Samaritans recognized for Deepwater Horizon rescues

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Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara presents the Certificate of Valor to Alwin J. Landry, master of the offshore supply vessel Damon B. Bankston. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough.

When the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire April 20, 2010, her crew fought bravely for first their vessel, then their lives and those of their shipmates. The surviving crewmembers were rescued by a rapid and heroic response from nearby mariners and Coast Guard aircrews.

Nearly a year to the day of the incident, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara joined Eighth Coast Guard District Commander Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry in presiding over an awards ceremony for the crew of the offshore supply vessel Damon B. Bankston who were credited with saving the lives of 115 of the crew of the Deepwater Horizon.

Click here to read more about the awards ceremony hosted by Air Station New Orleans on the Coast Guard Heartland blog.

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