2016 Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District Recap

Posted on November 18, 2016

The Coast Guard Foundation and its supporters gathered on November 16, 2016, to honor and celebrate the achievements of those serving in the Coast Guard’s Seventh District - a district which encompasses an area of 1.8 million square miles and shares operational borders with 34 foreign nations and territories.

This evening served as the 23rd annual event and recognized the members from Coast Guard Sector San Juan who received the Coast Guard Foundation Award for rescuing 511 people aboard ferry vessel the Caribbean Fantasy after its engine caught fire.

“In my 25 years associated with the Coast Guard, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder or more thankful to be associated with the Coast Guard as that day in August when this team came together,” said Captain Robert Warren, Commander of Sector San Juan.

The events that unfolded on August 17 mark the largest Mass Rescue Operation in U.S. waters in 60 years, with Sector San Juan leading the rescue with port and interagency partners. Over the course of several hours, men, women and children embarked life rafts or made a harrowing descent down the vessel’s steep Marine Evacuation Slide to be met by Coast Guard men and women who pulled them to safety.