Fisherman Honored for Saving Mariner's Life

A Sitka fisherman has received one of the Coast Guard's highest civilian honors for his role in saving a fellow mariner last summer.

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by Associated Press

SITKA- A Sitka fisherman has received one of the Coast Guard's highest civilian honors for his role in saving a fellow mariner last summer.

John Hagen received the Public Service Commendation in a ceremony Thursday at Air Station Sitka.
In June, Hagen intentionally beached his troller in Icy Strait to rescue Tim Lane, who was drifting by in a waterlogged survival suit.
Lane's crewman, Alan Young, had gone overboard from Lane's boat. His body was never found.
The Coast Guard credits Lane's survival largely to the efforts of Hagen.
Hagen said he did not consider his actions to be extraordinary and was a bit reluctant to take full credit for the rescue.
He says his granddaughter assisted as his deckhand.