– NC Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Tata today awarded
seven crew members of the M/V Croatoan with the Ferry Division’s Extra Mile
Award for their actions during an onboard medical emergency in June.
“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.”
The 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 dock. Meanwhile, other crew members secured
professional medical help from a passenger and operations personnel on shore contacted
Hyde County Emergency Medical Services.
The employees 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 Penfield,
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
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