U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews aren’t the only ones to be honored for their heroics.
Recently in Great Britain, a Royal Marine who rescued two men from a yacht stranded 110 miles offshore in stormy seas at night was awarded the George Medal, which is presented to those performing acts of bravery in the United Kingdom.
Sergeant Anthony Russell had to dive into the turbulent sea in the dark after the lifeboat holding one of the sailors in distress capsized.
“It was pretty much the worst weather I have ever seen,” said Sergeant Russell told The Daily Mail. “Forty foot waves, gale force winds, sheet rain.”
The yacht was being thrown 60 degrees either way, he said. “It was unlike anything you could prepare yourself for in training.”