USCG Crews Honored for Rescue



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The United States Coast Guard last week honored some of its own for their efforts during an Aug. 23 incident in which several people were swept into the sea by hurricane-driven waves in Acadia National Park.

Admiral Thad Allen, commandant of the United States Coast Guard, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, present awards to Coast Guard personnel during a ceremony last week at the Coast Guard base in Southwest Harbor. Six guardsmen were presented medals and others commended for their work in August to save lives after several people were swept into the ocean by a wave generated by Hurricane Bill. See story on page 4.—MARK GOOD
Admiral Thad Allen, commandant of the United States Coast Guard, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, present awards to Coast Guard personnel during a ceremony last week at the Coast Guard base in Southwest Harbor. Six guardsmen were presented medals and others commended for their work in August to save lives after several people were swept into the ocean by a wave generated by Hurricane Bill. See story on page 4.—MARK GOOD

 

But for at least one of the recipients, getting thanked by the young woman whose life he helped save eclipsed the distinction of receiving his award.

Petty Officer Stephen Hatch was one of five Coast Guardsmen aboard the 47-foot lifeboat that responded to the tragedy. He and the other crewmembers pulled three people from the water that day, two of whom survived. The crewmembers were among those honored at a Nov. 13 ceremony at Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor.

Twelve-year-old Simone Pelletier of Belfast was among the throngs of people lining the cliffs near Thunder Hole Aug. 23 to watch giant waves churned up by Hurricane Bill. Simone was sitting on the rocks with a friend when a huge wave crashed onto the shore.

“I jumped and started to run and the wave caught me,” Simone recalled.

She estimates that she was in the 55-degree water for about 45 minutes when help arrived.

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