Seaman Christopher Everett Ferreby

Seaman Christopher Everett Ferreby

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, March 24, 2001

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Christopher Everett Ferreby

Guardsman Christopher Ferreby and Guardsman Scott Chism succumbed to injuries received while on law enforcement patrol in Lake Ontario near the mouth of the Niagara River in New York state.

During their patrol, a wave swamped their 22-foot inflatable boat and washed all four occupants overboard. After they failed to check-in, a search was started and the four were located at approximately 0030 hours. All four were wearing dry suits and life jackets. They were transported to a local hospital where Guardsman Ferreby and Guardsman Chism succumbed to the exposure they received while in the water. The other guardsman were treated for hypothermia.

Guardsman Ferreby was serving as an active member of the Coast Guard at the time of his death, and had been with the agency for 2 years. He had previously served with the United States Army and is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure
  • Location New York
  • Incident Date Friday, March 23, 2001

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Hello again, Chris "Dingleberry Juice" Ferreby. Man, I miss that name. It has been 17 years my old friend. Would be great to see your son eventually leave a reflection here as well. I still have the old flag of the 22 you were capsized in to serve as a memory of how you saved my life. I remember that week was when I was supposed to go on duty and I was ill. You came up to me and volunteered to cover for me until I got better. If you would have not offered that I would have easily been in that 22 instead. Rest well my old friend. I am forever grateful.

Engineer Reinaldo Torna
Former Shipmate and close friend, Station Niagara

May 10, 2018

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