Petty Officer Scott Chism

Petty Officer Scott Chism

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

End of Watch Saturday, March 24, 2001

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Scott Chism

Guardsman Scott Chism and Guardsman Christopher Ferreby succumbed to hypothermia after being thrown into the water 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.

Coast Guardsman Chism was an active member of the United States Coast Guard at the time of his death and had previously served with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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Just had a dream about you last night. Hard to believe it has been 17 years since you passed away. You are difficult to forget and you are forever in my memories. I see Caleb finally left you a reflection on here. I remember him. I carried him a few times and Kelsey as well. Caleb was a very stubborn and active boy, but in a good way. As for Kelsey, she was very charming and talkative. To be frank, both of them combined pretty much sums up your personality and what I remember of you as a person. I still have the old flag of the 22 you were capsized in to remind me of you everyday. Rest well my old friend. You were one hell of a shipmate. Semper Paratus.

Engineer Reinaldo Torna
Former Shipmate and close friend, Station Niagara

May 10, 2018

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