Fishing captain saved 9 Chinese fishermen from burning ship – honored for his heroic, lifesaving actions

Eleven Chinese fisherman, four badly burned or dying, floated in a life raft near their boat that had exploded into flames in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean. The smoke plume caught the eye of a helicopter pilot scouting for tuna for a fishing vessel skippered by Point Loma native Capt. Gregory Virissimo. Over the next several excruciating hours, the captain and his crew raced to the rescue, hauled the men onto their own vessel and coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force to fly in doctors and medical supplies. Read the rest here 11:39

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