The Association for Rescue at Sea will hold its annual award ceremony and reception Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. The group will award a gold medal, silver medal and the Amver (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) plaque for outstanding rescues made in 2009.
Aviation Survival Technician First Class Salvador Carire of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City will receive the gold medal for his life-saving actions on the night of Dec. 23-24, 2009.
On that night, the Coast Guard received a distress signal from the 38-foot Fishing Vessel Alisha Marie. The vessel had rolled over after being hit by a rogue wave, automatically inflating the vessel's life raft. The sole survivor of the incident, wearing only a T-shirt and shorts swam out of the wreckage and climbed into the raft as the Alisha Marie slipped beneath the waves with two other crew aboard.