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Coast Guard aircrew awarded for 1988 Alaska rescue (Wayward Wind)


Date: July 19, 2012
Coast Guard District 17
NTSB Report


Rear Adm. Thomas P. Ostebo gives recognition to the crew of a Coast Guard HH-3F Pelican helicopter, for a 1988 rescue from the fishing vessel Wayward Wind 115 miles southwest of Kodiak, during a ceremony at Air Station Kodiak Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Kodiak, Alaska.

The each of the aircrewmembers was awarded an Air Medal for their heroic actions that resulted in two lives saved.


Rear Adm. Thomas P. Ostebo reads an honorable citation to Petty Officer 1st Class Marty Heckerman at Air Station Kodiak Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Kodiak, Alaska.

Heckerman, an aircrewman aboard the Coast Guard HH-3F Pelican helicopter, was involved in a rescue that saved the lives of two people from a sinking fishing vessel in 1988.


Debra Neilson, one of the two survivors of the sinking fishing vessel Wayward Wind, gives her thanks to the Coast Guard HH-3F Pelican helicopter crew who rescued her more than 24 years ago Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Kodiak, Alaska.

Neilson later explained that the aircrew also saved the life of her future daughter whom she was carrying at the time of the rescue.


Cmdr. Joe Mattina, the aircraft commander aboard the HH-3F Pelican helicopter that saved the lives of two people aboard the fishing vessel Wayward Wind that sank in 1988, receives an Air Medal from Rear Adm. Thomas P. Ostebo during a ceremony at Air Station Kodiak, Thursday, July 19, 2012, Kodiak, Alaska.

Mattina and his crew conducted the rescue at a time before there were rescue swimmers in the Coast Guard and executed some very challenging maneuvers in 15-foot seas, 40 mph winds and blowing snow during the rescue.

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

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