Air Station Houston To Receive Coast Guard Foundation Award

Posted on May 08, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation has selected Coast Guard Air Station Houston to be honored at the 2017 Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Houston on May 24.

In the early morning of April 27, 2016, the crew of CGNR 6581 - LT Gross, LT Josh Scritchfield, AMT2 Nikki Moore, and AST2 Jesse Weaver - launched in their MH-65D helicopter to search for two fishermen whose boat was capsized by a large wave.

LT Gross and his crew were performing the final Coast Guard aerial search on this case. The search and rescue operation began two days earlier with Coast Guard rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Coast Guard small boats and numerous state and local partners engaged in a search for the men.

Finally, on the third day and after severe thunderstorms passed through the area the night before, the crew of CGNR 6581 located the two men injured but alive, clinging to the rusty pipes of an old oil wellhead.