Coast Guardsman saves three in 13 hours

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A newly qualified Coast Guard flight mechanic helped rescue three people in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas last Thursday and Friday.

The flight mechanic, Petty Officer Third Class Stephen A. Cantu, hoisted two men to safety from a capsized boat in Northwest Trinity Bay Thursday evening and less than 24 hours later Cantu was back in the helicopter going to rescue a man suffering from chest pains 85 miles southeast of Galveston.

“In the moment none of it really registered, I was just falling on all the training I’d done through the qualification process,” said Cantu. “It was just like every other hoist I’d done, expect once you get them in the cabin and you’re looking face to face with the person, it just clicks, and you realize you’re helping somebody.”

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