Remembrance ceremony for surfmen heroes

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Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station Barnegat Light observed the 80th anniversary today and honored the sacrifice of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City motor lifeboat surfmen involved in a search-and-rescue mission on March 6, 1932, during which only one of the six rescuers survived.

On that day, southern New Jersey was feeling the effect of a nor’easter, which brought 60-knot winds, heavy seas and rain mixed with snow. The crew of Station Atlantic City received a distress call that the fishing vessel Anna, under way in a nearby fishing area, was lost.

Lt. Jim Turner, the commanding officer of the station, took two of his surfmen and launched a 30-foot wooden boat to respond.

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