Coast Guard swimmer Abram Heller’s first real operation earned him a medal for saving eight fishermen
Sitting in a life raft filled with frigid water and three hypothermic survivors in the Bering Sea was the type of extreme situation Abram Heller knew was a possibility when he signed on as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. And that possibility was the reality of his first rescue mission.
Coast Guard rescue swimmer Abram Heller wasn’t the only man honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea at its awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The organization also paid tribute to Coast Guard Auxiliarists R. Jeffrey Brooks, Edward W. Parish, William M. Shepard, Robert O. Wells and William E. Winfrey. The five were awarded the AFRAS silver medal for saving two swimmers in Florida.
Brokers say bartering is a good answer to the swoons in both the marine and real estate markets
Sluggish sales have spurred an uptick in bartering — real estate for boats. Michel Servant, a Montreal real estate developer, is looking to trade his 700-acre hobby ranch and 150 head of buffalo in New Brunswick, Canada, for a $1.5 million to $2 million expedition trawler. “Money is scarce,” says Servant, 52. “People want to hold on to it.”
A final resting place
Two of the latest additions to the National Register of Historic Places are work vessels — one still afloat and one resting on the seabed. The 105-foot Joffre had two chapters to her 29-year career, during which she landed more than 15 million pounds of fish. She was launched as a schooner in 1918 from a shipyard in Essex, Mass., fishing with “tub trawls” until 1939. She was then refit as a diesel-powered eastern rig dragger.
Augusto “Kiko” Villalon has done it all — and continues to.
He is a lifelong sailor, a designer, marine engineer, accident investigator, and entrepreneur who founded and ran for two decades Marine Concepts in Cape Coral, Fla., which manufactured the tooling for some of the biggest powerboat names in the business.
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