Surviving Hero Relives Sea Rescue

The original crew of CG 36500 sets sail again 50 years later in commemoration of the anniversary of the tanker Pendleton rescue off the coast of Chatham, MA. USCG photo by PA3 Amy Thomas.
The original crew of CG 36500 sets sail again 50 years later in commemoration of the anniversary of the tanker Pendleton rescue off the coast of Chatham, MA. USCG photo by PA3 Amy Thomas.
The original crew of CG 36500. In boatswain's hole EN3 Andrew Fitzgerald. USCG photo by PA3 Amy Thomas.
The original crew of CG 36500. In boatswain’s hole EN3 Andrew Fitzgerald. USCG photo by PA3 Amy Thomas.

It is considered the greatest small-boat rescue in the storied history of the Coast Guard. In February 1952, a monster northeaster kicked up heavy seas that split a 503’ tanker , the Pendleton, into two pieces more than 10 miles off Chatham, Massachusetts.

Andy Fitzgerald, a 20-year-old at the time, was part of a four-man Coast Guard crew that used a 36’ wooden boat to successfully rescue 32 of the 33 men trapped on the tanker’s stern.

Today, Fitzgerald, 83, is the unassuming sole living member of that daring rescue. According to an article on CapeCodOnline.com, Fitzgerald, along with his family, friends and members of the Coast Guard, recently gathered at Coast Guard Station Chatham to talk about the rescue.

Read about the Pendleton rescue.

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Original front page of the Coast Guard News.
Front page of the Coast Guard News.