HOUSTON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: HERO) announced today that Hercules Offshore employee Captain Louis Dubois has been awarded a U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his actions during the previously reported emergency evacuation of the Mako, a 175' class liftboat, off the coast of Nigeria as a result of a fire that originated aboard an adjacent third-party rig.
"We are exceptionally proud that a member of the Hercules Offshore team has been recognized with such a prestigious award. Captain Dubois' ability to safely evacuate the vessel under extremely challenging conditions was truly heroic," said John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore. "On behalf of everyone at Hercules Offshore, I congratulate Louis and thank him for his actions."
The Meritorious Public Service Award is one of the highest public honors granted by the U.S. Coast Guard and is given to recognize unusual courage in advancing the U.S. Coast Guard's mission.
Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc. operates a fleet of 42 jackup rigs, 16 barge rigs, 63 liftboats, two submersible rigs, and one platform rig. The Company offers a range of services to oil and gas producers to meet their needs during drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance, and decommissioning operations in several key shallow water provinces around the world. Hercules Offshore currently holds 28.0% of share capital in Discovery Offshore, a pure play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.herculesoffshore.com.
SOURCE Hercules Offshore, Inc.