Alaska Marine Highway System's motor vessel Taku honored

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The United Seaman's Service (USS) will honor the Alaska Marine Highway System and the crew of the motor vessel Taku at the Ocean Sea Award Dinner Friday night in New York City.

Thomas Moore, captain of the Taku, will accept the Honored Seafarer Award on behalf of the ship, AMHS and the state.

The AMHS and Taku crew are being honored for the rescue of two men from the fishing vessel Alaskan Pride as it burned in Chatham Strait Oct. 13, 2009.

"Our ferry crews are expertly trained in lifesaving at sea. This award for Taku's crew marks another great milestone in the AMHS history books - one that I and all Alaskans can be proud of," stated Leo von Scheben, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, in a press release.

According to the release the 352-foot Taku had departed Juneau and was sailing to Hoonah when a call for help came over the ship's radio. The Alaskan Pride's captain, Mike Worthington of Kake, reported an engine room fire growing out of control. Worthington and Darren Manual of Spokane, Wash., broadcast a mayday call and abandoned the 55-foot boat for a life raft. Taku diverted course in 35-knot winds and 10-foot seas to pull the uninjured fisherman to safety.

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