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Anniversary of rescue attempt to be commemorated

It has been almost 80 years since a rescue attempt at sea claimed the lives of five U.S. Coast Guard surfmen – the only members ever lost out of the Atlantic City (N.J.) Station.

The Coast Guard will honor the crew and the lone survivor of that attempt, Capt. Jim Turner of Longport, with a ceremony March 6 - the anniversary of the incident - at the Kretchmer Pavilion.

On that day in 1932, a three-man crew went out into frigid water to help the crew of the fishing ship Anna, which was in trouble in high seas and battering winds two miles off Steel Pier.

A nor’easter had dumped 28 inches of snow on the city and the winds were reported to be gusting up to 64 miles per hour, according to the Atlantic City Evening Union.

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