Coast Guardsmen honored for Heroic actions

BATON ROUGE, La.  - Two Coast Guardsmen were honored during an awards ceremony held at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge, May 10, 2016. Lt. Jonathan Scott and Chief Petty Officer Keith Watters, members of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge were awarded a Louisiana State Police Meritorious Service Award for their actions on Sept. 10, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally.

Two Coast Guardsmen were honored during an awards ceremony held at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge, Tuesday (May 10, 2016).

Lt. Jonathan Scott and Chief Petty Officer Keith Watters, members of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge were awarded a Louisiana State Police Meritorious Service Award for their actions on Sept. 10, 2015.

After responding to a towboat sinking on the Mississippi River, Scott and Watters were en route back to MSU Baton Rouge when they noticed a vehicle facing the opposite direction to the flow of traffic around 3 a.m., and energized their emergency lights on the Coast Guard vehicle to help redirect traffic. They also notified 911, rendered aid to the driver who was a 21-year-old male passed out in the front seat.

Scott and Watters were able to get the driver from the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. They remained on scene with the driver helping directing traffic from the disabled vehicle to help prevent a head-on collision. BATON ROUGE, La. - Coast Guard Lt. Jonathan Scott, member of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, center, shakes hands with Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson upon receiving a Louisiana State Police Meritorious Serivce Award in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy, May 10, 2016. Scott and another member of MSU Baton Rouge were recognized for their action in rescuing and preventing U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally.

Their actions resulted in keeping not only the drive of the disabled vehicle safe but prevented an accident from happening that could’ve cause major injuries to multiple people.

“We were just at the right place at the right time and took the right path,” said Watters. “It’s not every day we get the opportunity to save someone’s life but as Coasties, it’s in our nature to take the right actions when the time presents itself”