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Medals handed out for Long Island rescue

US Sailing's Safety-at-Sea Committee award Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals to the U.S. and Canadian crews of two boats that rescued sailors on Sept. 10, 2009 from Long Island Sound during the 2009 International Star North American Championship.

The 40-boat Star fleet was racing off Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport Conn., in a 20-knot easterly wind and rough seas. After their Star was dismasted, skipper Lou Roberts and crew Kevin Elterman, both of Milford, Conn., were cleaning up when they noticed a nearby Star disabled by a ripped mainsail.

"We then heard a voice through the wind and were shocked to spot a person in the water, obviously in distress," recalled Roberts.

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