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Matson Crew Honored for Rescuing Boaters Caught in Hurricane Julio

November 25, 2014, 7:27 AM HST
* Updated November 25, 7:31 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

The US Coast Guard presented awards to crew members of the Matson ship Manukai for the Aug. 10, 2014, rescue of three men from a sailboat caught in the winds and seas of Hurricane Julio off of Oʻahu.

The Meritorious Public Service award was presented on Monday to John Bloomingdale, Captain of the Manukai, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert.

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A Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service award for the crewmembers of the motor vessel Manukai is shown at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

The Matson crew rescued Ben Nealy, Lee Nealy and Mike Vanway who were aboard the 42-foot sailboat, Walkabout, which was dismasted and flooded while enroute from Stockton, Calif., to Honolulu.

The rescue was conducted under coordination between the sailing vessel, the US Coast Guard, and the container ship, which shot a line to the sailboat and pulled the boat alongside the Manukai.

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The sailboat passengers disembarked their damaged boat and climbed a 30-foot ladder draped onto the Manukai.

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The Coast Guard reports that on-scene conditions during the rescue included winds of 20 mph and 13-foot seas.

The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service award is the second highest award presented by the Coast Guard to recognize individuals for unusual courage in their assistance to the public.

The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

This image depicts the Coast Guard's search area for sailing vessel Walkabout Aug. 10 2014. The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

This image depicts the Coast Guard’s search area for sailing vessel Walkabout Aug. 10 2014. The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander, shakes hands with Capt. John Bloomingdale, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai after presenting a Meritorious Public Service award at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander, shakes hands with Capt. John Bloomingdale, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai after presenting a Meritorious Public Service award at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

A Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service award for the crewmembers of the motor vessel Manukai is shown at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

A Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service award for the crewmembers of the motor vessel Manukai is shown at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander presented a Meritorious Public Service award to Capt. John Bloomingdale, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander presented a Meritorious Public Service award to Capt. John Bloomingdale, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai, show challenge coins given to them from Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, 14th Coast Guard District commander, after being presented a Meritorious Public Service award at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert of the motor vessel Manukai, show challenge coins given to them from Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, 14th Coast Guard District commander, after being presented a Meritorious Public Service award at the Matson terminal on Sand Island in Honolulu, Nov. 24, 2014. The crew was presented the award for the rescue of the three men from the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

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