Golding Barge Line crew recognized for rescuing boaters

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

In route to Shell Island, a brother and sister became stranded due to mechanical issues with their Mako boat.

Drifting out to sea for more than two hours, the siblings were unable to attract any passersby, until the crew of the MV Austin Golding appeared.

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The towboat, owned and operated by the Golding Barge Line, saw the stranded boaters and came to their rescue.

It is because of this act by the locally owned company, the Chamber of Shipping of America honored Golding Barge Line, on June 5 during their annual safety awards luncheon in New Orleans.

“This honor validates all the hard work from our crews,” Port Captain Todd Hundley said.

“Our guys are well trained to respond to something like this,” Hundley said, due in part to the monthly drills performed by company employees.

The MV Austin Golding, which was piloted by Sean Romero, was pushing a pair of Golding Barge Line’s tank barges headed for Panama City.

When seeing the stranded boaters, a tankermen from the MV Austin Golding offered the siblings some water and told them they would return as soon as they dropped of their barges.

In the weekly publication of the Waterways Journal, reporter Frank McCormack, said, “true to that tankerman’s word, the MV Austin Golding returned within the hour, tied the sibling’s boat off to the tow boat and towed them toward the marina.”

Part of the community

Hundley said they really try to be part of the Panama City Community since there is not a lot of towboat traffic in the area.

“It felt good that we were able to help out,” Hundley said, adding, “The Golding Barge Line hauls a lot of gas and diesel to Panama City.”

More than 200 people representing 74 companies attended the CSA awards luncheon and of the 16 vessels and crew honored during the event, the mv. Austin Golding was the only inland towboat recognized.

The Safety Achievement Award program honors “outstanding feats of safety” related to saving lives.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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