Green Lake Crew Honored Three Times for Rescue
The crew of the M.E.B.A.-contracted Pure Car/Truck Carrier GREEN LAKE basked in the limelight three times in the past two weeks over their role in the dramatic rescue involving a burning Japanese car carrier near Wake Island late last year. The GREEN LAKE’s heroic actions began on New Year’s Eve 2018 when the U.S.-flag ship responded to a disaster unfolding 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii. The SINCERITY ACE, a 650-foot car carrier vessel, caught fire, forcing her 21-man crew to abandon ship. Arriving on the scene, the GREEN LAKE encountered a daunting task – locating SINCERITY ACE crew members floating in unforgiving seas spread out across several miles. The GREEN LAKE fought 17- to 20-foot waves and turbulent winds, making lifesaving attempts even more dangerous and challenging. The rescue effort lasted 18 hours, with the GREEN LAKE’s entire crew working tirelessly to get survivors onboard. The Waterman Transport-managed GREEN LAKE is made up of M.E.B.A., MM&P and SIU mariners.