7 mids are commended for helping save 5 lives

April 05, 1995

Seven Naval Academy midshipmen were commended yesterday by Maryland Natural Resources Police for helping to rescue five people dumped into Chesapeake Bay in a July 1993 boating accident.

The midshipmen were on a training sloop off Sandy Point State Park when a speedboat hit the wake of another vessel and was catapulted into the air, ejecting two passengers, said Sgt. Bob Chandler of the Natural Resources Police. The damaged boat came nearly straight down and sank.

The midshipmen jumped into the water to help pull to safety the passengers, including one who had been seriously hurt and a pregnant woman.

Efforts by other boaters, a Naval Academy ensign and lieutenant were recognized several months ago.

The mids got their honors belatedly, after the academy requested it, Sergeant Chandler said.

He said school officials told the Natural Resources Police that the mids, who were plebes at the time, had just arrived at the academy and had training, yet helped rescue the boaters.

The midshipmen are Thomas J. Berres II of DePere, Wis.; Kevin R. Carlson of Wilmette, Ill.; Joseph R. Carney of Euclid, Ohio; Derek M. Diorio of Sewell, N.J.; Adam W. Gresham of Jefferson City, Mo.; Jonathan J. Horner of Talbott, Tenn.; and Richard D. Vtipil of Norfolk, Va.

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