Coast Guard honors Westlake track star killed in 1980 Tampa Bay disaster
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Westlake track star Frank Sarna III lost the last race of his life in a battle for survival 34 years ago..
As a plaque affixed to that building notes: “After Blackthorn sank, Ensign Sarna was seen on the surface of the water, safe and out of harm’s way. However, without regard for his own safety, he selflessly made repeated dives below the water in an attempt to assist and free trapped crewmembers. Despite the dark water, strong current, and the presence of dangerous objects both above and below the surface, Ensign Sarna refused to quit on his shipmates. Tragically, after one of his dives, he failed to resurface.”