010128-G-1239S-001 Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen speaks at the 30th annual Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial, in St. Petersburg, Jan. 28, 2010.
The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan 28, 1980. Twenty-three of the Blackthorn's 50 crewmembers lost their lives during the Coast Guard's worst peacetime disaster. A memorial inscribed with the names of the crewmembers that perished now stands two miles north of the accident site.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rob Simpson.
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