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03/19/04

Coast Guard Pilot Honored

Lt. Dale Taylor Lt. Dale Taylor

A Coast Guard rescue pilot from Air Station Savannah has been recognized for his bravery. Lt. Dale Taylor was awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his heroic action during a rescue mission in Key West, Florida. Taylor and his crew saved the lives of two people stranded in the ocean, after their small sailboat was pounded by 15-foot seas.

After one man was loaded onto the helicopter, the other, an 81-year-old man, was drowning. The helicopter did not have a rescue swimmer, so Taylor, the aircraft commander, jumped into the water. "I sort of grabbed him underneath his arm, finally got him into the basket and waited for them to pick me up," recalled Taylor.

Taylors' crew, Lt. Bill Strickland and petty officer Brian Jerritt, received the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for their work during the rescue.

Reported by: Mike Cihla, mcihla@wtoc.com

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