US Sailing has presented the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to David Lumian in recognition of his role in a rescue on May 15th last year

It all began just before the Point Dume Race, when Trisha, an F28 Corsair trimaran, was in transit to the starting area. Owner Adrian Ricks climbed onto the swim step to raise the outboard motor, in preparation for the start,

Moments later, the crew, consisting of captains Lumian and Johan Sandstrom, heard a loud noise and turned to see Ricks rolling off the deck and into the chilly water without a PFD (personal flotation device). Lumian and Sandstrom immediately began a quick stop MOB (man over board) recovery.

An estimated 60 to 70 boats transiting the area made keeping the injured owner in sight a difficult task. After a quick and effective maneuver, Lumian and Sandstrom were able to get next to Ricks to attempt to bring him on board.

While they suspected Ricks was injured, it wasn’t until they attempted to bring him close to the boat that they learned his arm had been dislocated and he was unable to effectively assist in his rescue.

After three stages of pulling, resting and maneuvering, they managed to get him aboard.

While Lumian headed the vessel for the dock, Sandstrom started trying to warm Ricks to prevent potential hypothermia.

After returning to the dock, Sandstrom fashioned an impromptu sling and Lumian took Adrian to the hospital, where, after being anesthetized, his arm was reset and he was reunited with his family.

Congratulations to Lumian and Sandstrom “for coming to the aid of a fellow mariner in distress, tending to his immediate needs and saving the victim.”

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