He’s only been on the job for eight months but Fireman James D. Sanders, Jr., exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty as was evidenced by his swift actions in saving the lives of five women who fell into the water after a pier collapsed.
Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Make sure you have the right equipment to make a distress call before hitting the water. Some reliable forms of communication include: VHF radio with digital selective calling, an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon and a person locator beacon.
Boat safety training is important for boaters of all experience levels. Statistics show that a greater percent of accidents involving fatalities occurred on boats where the boat operator had received no formal instruction on how to operate the vessel.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs continues to be the primary contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 91 boating fatalities and 228 boating injuries in 2015.
Getting a free vessel safety check ensures you are better prepared if something goes wrong while you’re out on the water and could save your life. The free VSC is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified vessel examiner, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.
Recently, leaders from across government, the Armed Forces and law enforcement came together at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition transnational organized crime panel to discuss increases of drugs, weapons, migrants, unaccompanied children and people with ties to terrorism into our country and the challenges the nation faces as a result.
A life jacket buys you time to catch your breath when you fall in the water. It buys you time to try to rescue yourself and get back on your boat or personal watercraft. Wear your life jacket and live to love them another day.
With a max speed of more than 28 knots and a range of nearly 3,000 nautical miles, the Coast Guard’s fast response cutters are crucial to curbing illegal maritime activity. The Coast Guard welcomed the 17th fast response cutter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, to the fleet in the cutter’s new home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 20, 2016.
Hurricane season officially begins in little more than a week from now, and runs June 1 through November 30. If history has taught us anything about hurricanes, it’s to never underestimate a storm’s power of destruction – take for instance Katrina (2005), Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), which incurred a combined total of $168 billion in damages. According to the Wall Street Journal, of the top 10 costliest natural disasters in the U.S., eight of them have been hurricanes.
“His lead-by-example and family-first leadership style, positively impacted not only his team, but members up and down the chain of command at Sector Corpus Christi,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Spitler, engineering officer, Sector Corpus Christi. That leadership style has set Chief Petty Officer Florisi, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, apart at his unit. Florisi was recently recognized with the 2015 Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership award. He was selected from a group of 32 other nominees nationwide.