Cape Coast Guardsmen Honored For Rescue Off Nantucket

The Distinguished Flying Cross was presented to Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Staph (left) and the Air Medal was presented to Petty Officer 2nd Class Derrick P. Suba (right) Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Air Station Cape Cod for their heroic actions in February 2015 during a lifesaving rescue mission south of Nantucket. During the rescue, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew navigated through low visibility and near hurricane force winds to save two men aboard a sail boat disabled and adrift in 25 foot waves 150 miles south of Nantucket. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell)

The Distinguished Flying Cross was presented to Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Staph (left) and the Air Medal was presented to Petty Officer 2nd Class Derrick P. Suba (right) Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Air Station Cape Cod for their heroic actions in February 2015 during a lifesaving rescue mission south of Nantucket. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell)

BOSTON – Two Coast Guardsmen were honored at a ceremony on Friday for their heroic actions during a 2015 rescue off the coast of Nantucket.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Staph was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal was presented to Petty Officer 2nd Class Derrick Suba, two of the most prestigious honors in military aviation.

Staph is just the 144th guardsmen ever to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Suba and Staph responded after a disabled sailboat was adrift in dangerous conditions about 150 miles south of Nantucket during a winter storm in February of 2015. The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod and navigated through hurricane force winds and low visibility to rescue two sailors. Due to ice and low visibility, a support plane was unable to launch.

“Our purpose was to get them home,” Suba said. “We kept going to make sure we got them home.

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