Harwich Harbormasters Honored for Work on Wreck of the MV Iyanough

Letters of commendation presented

Harwich Harbormasters were commended Monday for their action during June ferry crash in Hyannis Harbor.

“At the direction of the Incident Commander, Deputy Harbormaster Neiser and Harbormaster Smith maneuvered and stationed Marine 77 in close proximity of the jetty and alongside the Hyannis Fire boat to evacuate 10 passengers from the ferry and then safely transported them to the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.”

So stated the letters of commendation awarded to Harwich Deputy Harbormaster William Neiser and Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith as read by Harwich Harbormaster John Rendon at tonight’s Selectmen’s Meeting in Harwich.

Neiser and Smith were recognized by Fire Chief Norman Clarke and Rendon during the weekly brief section of the meeting.  On June 16, 2017 Neiser and Smith were part of the response to the crash of the Steamship Authorities Fast Ferry the Iyanough into the breakwater in Hyannis Harbor.  Neiser and Smith also transported 5 Salvage Surveyors out to the ferry to evaluate its structural integrity.

At the conclusion of the presentation both Smith and Neiser were presented with challenge coins by the Fire Department.  These coins were designed to reflect the departments new mission statement and highlight the department’s focus of service to the community.  Something which their actions clearly represented that night, along with all the other rescuers involved in the incident.

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