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U.S. Coast Guard to honor man who saved four from capsized boat

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SAN PEDRO (CNS) - A Los Angeles-area man who saved four people whose sailboat capsized in frigid waters in San Diego Bay will receive an award from the U.S. Coast Guard Friday in a ceremony in San Pedro.

Capt. James Jenkins, the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, will present a Certificate of Valor to John Campbell, who saved a mentally challenged teen, an elderly man and a mother and her child on March 27, 2011, said Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Cory Mendenhall.

The four people were among 10 who ended up in the water when the sailboat capsized, he said.

When Campbell spotted the distressed boaters, he dove into the water and pulled the teen and the elderly man aboard his vessel and assisted the mother and her child onto another boat, Mendenhall said.

"Campbell stayed in the water until all 10 people were accounted for and plucked from the ocean," Mendenhall said. "He also assisted San Diego Harbor Patrol officers in moving the survivors onto a police boat, where he stayed until everyone was safely back on land."

Friday's ceremony was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Room at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, 1001 S. Seaside Ave.

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