2017 Pacific Northwest Awards Recap

Posted on September 25, 2017

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Awards was held on September 13 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle to honor Coast Guard heroics and mission excellence from throughout Washington and Oregon to Alaska and beyond.

The evening recognized the crew of the Motor Life Boat Invincible of Station Grays Harbor based in Westport, Washington. The evening saw the crew reunited with the man they rescued during a dangerous nighttime rescue in October 2016. For their exceptional courage and skill, BMC Brant Soderlund, BMC Jeremy Culican, BM2 Jacob Hylkema, and MK1 Kevin Trapp received the Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroic Action.

“Approximately around midnight I was just getting ready to cross the bar, it was so dark I couldn’t see anything, and then the ferocious winds hit disabling my sail,” said Awele Ndili, recalling the rescue. “At that point the Coast Guard team started making their way out, and I can’t tell you how glad I was to see that green and red light coming out of the darkness - I want to thank this team from the very bottom of my heart.”