SOLD ITEM 8651 - Life Saving Medal Act of Congress Reward June 20 1874

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Antique Life Saving Coin, Life Saving Medal, Act of Congress Reward, June 20, 1874. Near Sunrise, August 18, 1889, 3 miles south of Gull Shoal Station on the Outer Banks, Surfman Rasmus S. Midgett found the wreck of the barkentine "Priscilla" breaking up in the raging surf caused by hurricane San Ciriaco. On the stern were 10 men, 3 so weak they could not stand. With no time to return to the station for help, Midgett dashed into the huge breakers to shout instructions to the stranded men. Midgett again ran toward the ship and a crewman climbed down ropes over her side to meet him. Midgett grabbed the man, dragged him bodily from the onrushing breakers and left him safely on the beach. He made 6 more trips that way. With 3 exhausted feeble men left on board, midgett braved the surf once again, climbed the ropes, lifted one man to his shoulders and made the exhausting trip to shore. Somehow the gruelling task was repeated twice more. All 10 men were saved. For this feat, unparalleled in lifesaving annals, Rasmus S. Midgett was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal of Honor, the highest honor which can be given for the saving of life in peacetime. Measures 2 inches in diam. Excellent condition.
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