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Starbright (#) (-1955)

In the News~

September 1, 1955 [TI/Avalon]:Blanche W rescues shipwreck victims. The passengers aboard the "Flying Fish Boat" for their money's worth Saturday night when they witnessed and actually took part in the rescue of ten persons from the dark sea. The 38-foot Starbright from Newport foundered because of failing bilge pumps a quarter of a mile off Seal Rock and the ten persons aboard went into the water. Two of the swimmers reached shore but the rest, including some women, were still struggling when the Blanche W on its way back from its regular trip accidentally picked out the couple in the big light. Correctly interpreting the frantic signals from shore, the crew of the Blanche W cast around with the huge spotlight and got every person in the water safely aboard. The ten men and women suffered no more than the effects of exposure to the chilly water, according to a report from the hospital. Spokesmen for the rescued people were lavish in their praise of Capt. Hernandez, Johnny Williams and Andy Hernandez and the passengers who lent a hand. The quick and skillful manner in which the rescue was accomplished and the vigilance displayed in summing up the situation so promptly, undoubtedly averted tragic consequences they said.”