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Honolulu mariner receives Coast Guard's highest lifesaving honor

The Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander, Rear Adm. Mason K. Brown, presented John Dacuag with the Gold Lifesaving Medal The Fourteenth Coast Guard District commander, Rear Adm. Mason K. Brown, presented John Dacuag with the Gold Lifesaving Medal

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Honolulu man who saved a cargo ship crewman lost at sea during the deadly 2007 typhoon was honored with the U.S. Coast Guard's highest lifesaving honor Friday.

John Dacuag of Salt Lake was presented the Coast Guard's Gold Lifesaving Medal at a formal ceremony held at the Fourteenth Coast Guard District's headquarters in downtown.

The medal is the highest the Coast Guard may award civilians.

Speaking to a group of 100 Coast Guardmen during the ceremony, Dacuag says he's honored and humbled to receive the award.

Dacuag was aboard the cargo vessel Horizon Falcon on July 10, 2007 when a call for help went out from another vessel, The Hai Tong No. 7, which was about 375 miles northwest of Guam.

Both vessels were transiting through extremely hazardous conditions after Typhoon ManYi had gone through the Phillipine Sea.

The Horizon Falcon's crew changed course to help the distressed Hai Tong No. 7 crew.

Coast Guard personnel rescued 13 of the Hai Tong No.7's crewmembers. 

One Hai Tong crew member was rescued when Dacuag jumped into the 24-foot seas and 40-knot winds to grab him.

Only 713 Gold Lifesaving Medals have been awarded in Coast Guard history.

The last one awarded was to Scot Smithee in May 2004, who rescued seven people from a capsized sailboat off Lanai in 12-foot seas and 40-know winds.

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