Three recent Coast Guard Training Center Cape May graduates were recognized this week as the Coast Guard’s Shipmates of the Week for helping to rescue five fishermen off the southern coast of Jamaica Jan. 3 at 11 p.m.
Seaman Charles Gray of Norcross, Ga., Seaman Jarrod Reed of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Seaman Pablo Taborda, Jr. of Miami were standing lookout watch during a counter.
The trio spotted a light in the distance in the punishing weather and reported it to the bridge. The light the fishermen used to signal the lookouts was a cell phone that surprisingly survived the capsizing of the vessel. Gray, Reed and Taborda had spotted the cell phone light from more than two miles away in 12-foot seas.