Egan Maritime Institute

The 2016 Nantucket Lifesavers Recognition Day

Nantucket’s history is filled with tales of heroic lifesaving efforts by everyday citizens and those who went above and beyond the call of duty. Honoring that tradition, the Egan Maritime Institute and Nantucket Cottage Hospital will recognize three lifesavers this week during the annual Lifesavers Recognition Day at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

These three men, who responded to water rescue situations off Nantucket, including one historic event and one recent rescue that occurred just last month, will be recognized for their efforts at this year’s event:
Jerome S. Reinert, who was aboard the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria on the night it was struck off Nantucket by the Swedish liner Stockholm 60 years ago. Reinert helped rescue a dozen small children from the sinking cruise ship, climbing up and down a rope ladder for hours to get the children to the lifeboats.
Joe Tormay and Jim Sjolund, who rescued six people from a sport fishing boat, the Sea Wolf, that had run aground on the east jetty of Nantucket Harbor on Aug. 12, 2016. Sjolund navigated Tormay’s boat, the Madison J, around the jetty while Tormay assisted the six people onto his boat from the Sea Wolf.

The Lifesavers Recognition Day is an annual event held at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and invitations are required. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. The museum is located at 158 Polpis Road.