ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) - Twenty-five crewmembers were honored Wednesday by the Coast Guard in Elizabeth City, N.C. for their efforts during the tall ship Bounty rescue. The HMS Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.
The Distinguished Flying Cross was presented to Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Haba and Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Todd for rescuing 14 of the 16 Bounty crewmembers. They are both rescue swimmers at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.
The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The incident must have been in the face of great danger and well above normal expectations.
The rest of the HC-130 Hercules and MH-60 Jayhawk crew received awards, ranging from commendation medals to air medals.
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