Lifesaving award honors SC man posthumously

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The family of a man who helped save a 12-year-old off Sullivan's Island in 1898 now has a posthumous award honoring his sacrifice.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported ( the U.S. Coast Guard honored 24-year-old Surfman James Coste with a posthumous Silver Lifesaving Medal on Saturday. On Aug. 18, 1898, Coste dove into the waters off Station 12 on Sullivan's Island to save 12-year-old Ned Schachte. Coste drowned, while other rescuers pulled Schachte to safety.

Coste was a surfman in the U.S. Life Saving Service.

Schachte was the grandfather of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. Coste's great-nephew is Hal Coste of Sullivan's Island, who was also a Coast Guardsman. He received the Silver Lifesaving Medal for saving the lives of 5 people in 1991 off Station 12.

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