Matson crew receives award from coast guard for hurricane rescue

Matson Crew Receives Honor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On August 10, 2014, a crew on a Matson Container ship picked up a load they were not expecting.

Captain of the Manukai, John Bloomingdale, 3rd Mate Justin Moore and 2nd Engineer Josef Eggert, received the Coast Guard's second highest award for their part in the rescue of three stranded California sailors during Hurricane Julio.

Ben Nealy, Lee Nealy and Mike Vanway were adrift for over 24 hours on their 42-foot-long ship after they ran into trouble and started taking on water. 414 miles from Oahu's northeast shore, the Matson container ship was called into action by the Coast Guard to help rescue the endangered sailors.

For their selfless actions, the Matson crew received the Meritorious Public Service Award.

This is Captain Bloomingdale's second time participating in a rescue. He hopes the safety system in place will benefit him if there ever comes a time he finds himself and his crew in distress.

"I hope that if I'm ever in a situation like this, there will be people out there who will do the same" says Bloomingdale.

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