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US Sailing awards heroes of Chesapeake rescue

A crew that rescued five people from Chesapeake Bay was recently awarded Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals by the US Sailing safety-at-sea committee.

On the night of July 17, Larry Vazzano and his crew of three in the CS 40 Wharf Rat were powering home to Pasadena, Md., from the Solomons Island Invitational Regatta.

Soon after passing under the Bay Bridge at 11 p.m., they heard screams for help and spotted a waving navigation light. Vazzano quickly throttled back and cautiously drove towards their light where they saw two men and a 12-year-old boy clinging to a capsized boat.

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