Ensign's made a splash


Cadet 1st Class Orlando Morel is shown above the Coast Guard cutter Eagle in 2011. (Coast Guard photo via AP)

The story’s been making the rounds for the past few days, about how a young boy rescued by Coast Guard crews walked across the stage at today’s commencement ceremonies at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

What you may not know is that Ensign Orlando Morel, that rescued boy, was a big contributor to Coast Guard’s swimming team.

Morel was one of the Bears’ top divers, regularly capturing wins in the 1- and 2-meter dives.

Nearly 20 years have passed since Morel’s rescue, but the story still resonates. “I don’t think that anything I can do will be enough as payback,” Morel said.

If you’ve missed the story, we suggest giving it a read.




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