Jones and Spencer also presented Coast Guard Commendation Medals to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Blitz, an aviation maintenance technician, and Petty Officer Joseph Kelly, an avionics electrical technician.
Coast Guard members Mineo, Slick, Young, and Newberg, Blitz, and Kelly were instrumental in the rescue of the Golden Ray crew members, a 656-foot vehicle carrier vessel that capsized in Brunswick, Georgia with 24 people aboard.
On September 8th, 2019, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah aircrews responded to the Golden Ray, one of the most significant cases of Air Station Savannah’s history. Before daybreak, they hoisted five survivors to safety, including the ship’s Captain and skillfully managed the safe repel of the pilot boat captain to a Coast Guard Station Brunswick small boat waiting below. After daybreak, with four crewmembers trapped still inside, aircrews conducted multiple sorties, delivering rescue personnel and critical tools to the disabled vessel by using its starboard side as a landing pad until the remaining 4 missing crew members were rescued.
All 24 people aboard the Golden Ray were rescued.