USCG Presents Award to “Hyundai Unity” for Rescue of Crew From Sinking Palauan Canoe


SINGAPORE — Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Neeland, supervisor Activities Far East Marine Inspection Detachment Singapore, presented a U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation to the crew of the motor vessel Hyundai Unity at the Port of Singapore Tuesday.

The Hyundai Unity crew received the award in recognition of their support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission. On March 4, 2013, Hyundai Unity responded to a request from Rescue Sub-Center Guam to assist the sailing vessel Alingano Maisu, a traditional dual-hulled sailing canoe from Palau Community College that began taking on water with ten sailors aboard.

Hyundai Unity immediately changed course and proceeded to the vessel location where they were able to rescue all ten sailors and eventually transfer them over to the Coast Guard Cutter Washington for transport to Palau.