September 12, 2013
DOT Secretary Tata honors heroic ferry crew
Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Tata awarded
seven crew members of the Motor Vessel Croatoan with the Ferry
Division’s Extra Mile Award for their actions during an onboard medical
emergency in June. The award came during a ceremony on Wednesday,
Sept. 11, in Mann’s Harbor.
“This incident could have had
many possible outcomes, but the crew’s quick response and attention to
every detail ensured it had the right one,” Tata said. “The crew
members of the Croatoan helped save their captain’s life, and delivered
the ship and its passengers safety to their destination.”
incident occurred on the afternoon of June 2 while the Croatoan was en
route from Hatteras to Ocracoke carrying 24 vehicles and 52 passengers.
Captain Shawn Gray suddenly collapsed in the wheelhouse and was
unresponsive and not breathing.
The crew immediately sprang
into action to administer emergency medical procedures to Gray while
another officer took control of the helm and proceeded to the Ocracoke
Meanwhile, other crew members secured professional
medical help from a passenger and operations personnel on shore
contacted Hyde County Emergency Medical Services.
receiving the award are: Terry Gray, Hatteras Operations Manager; Ervin
Farrow III, Senior A/B; Sandy Griffin, A/B; Zander Brody, Ferry
Engineer; Rudy Austin, Oiler; Taylor Daniels, Ordinary Seaman; Robert
Captain Shawn Gray has made a complete
recovery and returned to work last week. He attended today’s award
ceremony, and thanked the crew that helped save his life. “If it wasn’t
for them, I don’t think I’d be here today,” he said.