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First Vietnamese to win Exceptional Bravery at Sea award: ‘It is just humanity that motivates us’

Tran Van Khoi is the first Vietnamese citizen to ever receive the Exceptional Bravery at Sea award. 

First awarded: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) gave its 2021 Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Khoi because of his service as a member of Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center No. 2 in central Da Nang City under the Vietnam Maritime Administration, according to VnExpress International.

Families Grieve Lost Loved Ones From Boat Tragedy Off Southern California Coast

dive boat

Many victims who were on board the dive boat that caught fire on Labor Day have been identified by their friends and family.

Coast Guard officials confirmed that 39 people were reportedly on board the Conception while it was anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island when the fire broke out. They have so far recovered the bodies of 33 people, leaving only one more person unaccounted for, according to the LA Times. Five crew members were able to escape and survive by jumping overboard and paddling to a nearby vessel.