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Ferry Taku Crew to Receive Coast Guard Award for Saving Fishermen

JUNEAU, Alaska - Crewmembers from the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry Taku will be honored by the Coast Guard at a 1:15 p.m., award ceremony, Friday, Oct. 23 while the ship is moored at the Auke Bay ferry terminal. The Taku was sailing from Juneau to Hoonah when its skipper, Capt. Thomas Moore, heard the Coast Guard's radio call for assistance to other mariners in the area at 10:40 p.m., Oct. 13. The Coast Guard reported that the 55-foot boat Alaska Pride was on fire with two people aboard three miles south of Funter Bay in Chatham Strait.

Capt. Moore changed Taku's course to search for the two men, arriving in about 30 minutes. Once on scene, Taku's crew safely pulled Mike Worthington and deckhand Darren Manual from a life raft onto the ferry as the fishing boat continued to burn.

"Capt. Moore and his crew performed admirably to save fellow mariners in distress," said Capt. John Falvey, General Manager, AMHS. "Our ferry crews constantly train for all types of at-sea incidents, and recognize that saving a life is more important than staying on schedule."

More information about the AMHS is available online at www.ferryalaska.com .

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