Rasmus Midgett and the Gold Lifesaving Medal

August 18, 2017 Posted by: Michael Barber
On August 18, 1899, Surfman Rasmus Midgett of the US Life-Saving Service left on patrol from the Gull Shoals Life-Saving Station (between the villages of Salvo and Avon) and came upon the Priscilla, a distressed vessel washed ashore in the wake of the San Ciriaco hurricane.

Determining that not enough time remained to return to his station for assistance before the ship was destroyed by waves, Midgett risked his life by single-handedly walking into the crashing surf to bring the ship's crew, one-by-one, back to shore safely. All ten men aboard the Priscilla were successfully rescued, and for his brave efforts Midgett was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the US Life-Saving Service.

Pictured below is Rasmus Midgett sitting aboard the wreckage of the Priscilla.

Rasmus Midgett aboard the Priscilla

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Last updated: August 18, 2017

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