A Coast Guard rescue swimmer swam 1,750 yards in 5-foot seas and 30-mph winds to rescue four people after their fishing vessel grounded near Cape Blanco, on Tuesday morning.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity, a 27-year-old native of Jupiter, Florida, individually pulled each fisherman more than 250 yards in 57 degree water from their life raft to shore, where they were met by EMS.
“Petty Officer Darren Harrity did a fantastic job pulling four fishermen, each in full survival suits, to shore through waves, surf and darkness,” said Cmdr. Robert Workman, chief of response and aviation operations officer at Sector North Bend. “This was a tremendous team effort that demonstrates the strength and importance of the Coast Guard’s rescue swimmer program.”