A bronze statue of a lifesaving boat fighting a wave was dedicated Saturday in memory of three crewmen who died last February in a rescue attempt.
“There can be no greater sacrifice than that, and we grieve for their families who continue to ache from the loss,” said Rear Adm. J. David Spade, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, at the dedication ceremony.
The bronze statue resting on a block of granite was placed at the Coast Guard station at the mouth of the Quillayute River on the Olympic Peninsula. Designed by Kevin Pettelle, it was forged in the Pettelle family’s foundry in Sultan, Snohomish County.
In February, Coast Guard crew members were trying to rescue people aboard a crippled sailboat in the dark when their 44-foot boat overturned three times in stormy seas, flinging them overboard.
Killed were Petty Officer 2nd Class David Bosley, 36, of Coronado, Colo., Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Schlimme, 24, of Whitewater, Mo., and Seaman Clinton Miniken, 22, of Snohomish. Seaman Apprentice Benjamin Wingo, 19, survived.