US Sailing awards Hanson Rescue Medal to sailors

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The US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to Martha Seabury, a new wooden schooner, who’s sailors rescued three individuals from a capsized sailboat in Buzzards Bay on Sept. 10, 2012.

While on its maiden voyage at the darker side of dusk at 7:30 p.m., deckhand Allison Phillips spotted a 15-foot capsized sailboat with three people clinging to it and waiving their arms for attention in an attempt to be spotted for rescue.

With winds approximated at 23 mph and seas at two to three feet high, Capt. Michael Moreland ordered the sails to be dropped, and with the engine running they came alongside the stricken sailors. Two victims were wearing PFDs and one was not.

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Any individual or organization may submit a nomination for a Hanson Rescue Medal. Visit the US Sailing Hanson Rescue Medal website for information.