US SAIL RESCUE MEDAL
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The Officers, Directors and Members of
are pleased to present the
ARTHUR B. HANSON RESCUE MEDAL
to the crew of
for the rescue as follows:
On September 17, 2003 at the "Wet Wednesday"
race at the Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club on Lake Tahoe, the 65-degree air
was blowing 25 knots, with three to four foot seas. Free Flight, a Moore 24
took a spinnaker knock down broach to weather, when skipper Pat Mitchell
fell overboard into the 60-degree water without a PFD. Free Flight’s crew
hailed, "Man overboard," and threw a life jacket towards the victim.
Congratulations to Lynn Wright, Mike Robinson and Michelle Langlois of Après Ski for coming to the aid of fellow mariner in distress, tending to his immediate medical needs and saving the victim. US SAILING is pleased to present the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal in recognition of this event.
Ronald C. Trossbach
The medal was presented to Lynn Wright, Mike Robinson, and Michelle Langlois on Wednesday December 10, 2003 at the Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club annual Christmas and Trophy award party held at the Harvey's hotel/casino Top of the Wheel meeting room, in Lake Tahoe. It was presented by Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club past Commodore Vic Beelik on behalf of US SAILING. Photo (left to right) TWYC Commodore Vic Beelik and Lynn Wright.Photo by Elizabeth Beelik.
Nominators Name: Victor Beelik
Crew was unable to get the boat under control skipper fell overboard.
Crew yelled man overboard and threw a life jacket in the water.
Rescue vessel with jib and main heard the hail executed a quick stop maneuver and headed toward the distressed vessel under sail. With the wind and seas, it took quite some time to work back upwind.
The spotted the victim's head and never lost sight of him.
Upon approach they heard him say better hurry! They maneuvered the rescue boat to weather of the victim and were able to put a life sling over the victim who was not wearing a life jacket. They were able to help the victim over the stern into the cockpit and helped him down below where they covered him wit a sail.
Any injury (hypothermia included): Beginning stage
How did victim help himself back onboard: He was able to put his foot in a boat drain and help the rescuer to pull him aboard
How did the victim get hoisted onto the deck: With the help of a LIFE SLING