Petty Officer 1st Class Rachid Arnik, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

So others may live: AST1 Rachid Arnick

So others may live. It’s the creed of the aviation rescue swimmer community and a promise to those in danger that when a Coast Guard rescue swimmer enters the water, she or he will do everything in their power – including risk their own life – to save you. Petty Officer 1st Class Rachid Arnick kept that promise and proved he was willing to risk his own life so others may live on the morning of Sept. 21, 2013, in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea.


Rescue of Elle

AMVER in action

Four sailors started the North American Rally to the Caribbean in the 46-foot sailboat Elle, but ended the race in Bermuda aboard a 387-foot container ship. The sailors were racing from Newport, Mass., to Bermuda in November 2011 when their sailboat lost steering 160 miles north of Bermuda. Rescue authorities in Bermuda received the distress call as the boat was tossed about in gale force winds.