Brittany Catanzaro

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Brittany Catanzaro
Born 1989 (age 30–31)
Nationality USA
Occupation sailor
Known for commanded a vessel that rescued 20 people

Brittany Catanzaro is an American sailor. She was the youngest individual appointed captain of a New York Waterways ferry. Catanzaro captained the Thomas Kean, one of the vessels that responded to the emergency landing of an airliner, on the Hudson River.[1] Catanzaro and her crew are credited with rescuing 24 survivors.[2]

Following the rescue the United States Coast Guard honored Coast Guard personnel who had distinguished themselves.[3] Catanzaro is a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, and received a Meritorious Public Service Award.


  1. Beth Hughes (Spring 2009). "Friend of the Port – NY Waterway Rescue". Port of New York and New Jersey. Retrieved 2019-06-07. "Captain Manny Liba and his crew on the Moira Smith rescued 14 people. Captain Brittany Catanzaro on the Gov. Thomas Kean and her crew saved 24 people." 
  2. Larry King (2009-01-15). "Larry King: Aired January 15, 2009". Larry King Show.;jsessionid=E367A2E428E66236833C172AA53F097E?pid=25392. Retrieved 2019-06-07. 
  3. Janet Napolitano (2009-02-23). "Honoring Flight #1549". Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 2019-06-07. "The rescue also reminds us of the importance of training and exercising before the fact. First responders at all levels must know what to do when it comes time to execute a mission – because seconds count. The successful rescue of Flight #1549 is a case in point."