Apr 15, 2011 6:01 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - Crew members of a supply vessel that was tethered to the Deepwater Horizon when the rig exploded last year are set to be honored at a Coast Guard awards ceremony for helping rescue blast survivors.
About a dozen crew members from the Damon B. Bankston are expected to attend Friday's ceremony at a Coast Guard air station in Belle Chasse.
The awards to be presented include the Coast Guard's certificate of valor and distinguished public service award.
In a statement, the Coast Guard said the ceremony will honor the "courage, selflessness, poise and preparedness" of the crew members and Coast Guard helicopter crews that rescued more than 100 workers who evacuated the rig after the April 20 explosion, which killed 11 workers and triggered the massive Gulf oil spill.