Capt. Sullenberger Gets Lloyd's Life Saver Medal

NU Online News Service, June 24, 12:05 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK--Lloyd's of London presented its Gold Medal for Saving Life last night to Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III for safely landing his U.S. Airways passenger jet in the Hudson River Jan. 15 after a bird strike caused engines to stall.

Lord Peter Levene, chair of Lloyd's, introduced the guest of honor at the annual Lloyd's New York City Dinner with words of praise for Capt. Sullenberger's "risk management skills, selflessness, sound judgment and bravery" in landing Flight 1549 safely and saving all 155 on board.

However, he added a sobering observation. "We are grateful for this 'miracle on the Hudson,'" he said, "while mindful that had the plane come down 400 yards to the left or to the right, we could have been facing another 9/11-type catastrophe."

The medal was presented by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and a fellow pilot who flew in the Falklands War. Prince Andrew serves as the United Kingdom's special representative for international trade and investment.

Capt. Sullenberger said he would "gratefully accept this deep honor on behalf of my crew, my passengers and all the first-responders who performed so admirably and courageously during the evacuation that day."

Featured Video

Most Recent Videos

Video Library ››

Top Story

9 fraudsters join the Hall of Shame

Meet the newest insurance fraud criminals to achieve infamy.

Top Story

Insurance industry education is more than just letters after your name

Continued education isn't just nice to have. For many insurance professionals it's a requirement for their jobs or licenses. Here are some national organizations to help you get those designations.

More Resources

Comments

eNewsletter Sign Up

PropertyCasualty360 Daily eNews

Get P&C insurance news to stay ahead of the competition in one concise format - FREE. Sign Up Now!

Mobile Phone

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.