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Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Tiffany Thomas Receives Passenger Vessel Safety Award

Captain Tiffany Thomas

Captain Tiffany Thomas

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation

Seward, AKThe Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) this week recognized the safety efforts of Kenai Fjords Tours’ Captain Tiffany Thomas with a new safety award, The 2014 Captain Elizabeth Gedney Passenger Safety Award. Captain Thomas was honored for her life-saving skills in competently and safely executing a marine rescue last summer. In this rescue, two mariners were safely brought onboard a Kenai Fjords Tours vessel after their own vessel ran aground in the Chiswell Islands.

This new safety award, posthumously named in honor of Captain Elizabeth Gedney, is designed specifically to recognize and honor the persons whose actions have substantially made a difference in someone’s life.  “Every year, PVA members are involved in real-life “man-overboard” and other life-saving situations,” explained Dave Anderson, co-chair of the PVA Safety and Security Committee.  “It is these types of events that need to be recognized because we understand the safety training that PVA vessel operators have can make the difference between life and death, and they do it efficiently and effectively.”

Alaska Native owned and operated, CATC is the umbrella company for Kenai Fjords Tours, Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge.  CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation is a Minority Business Enterprise, MBE#PS0313.

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