While many water enthusiasts hauled out their boat after the first sign of cold weather, many boaters still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation through the winter season. If you plan on recreating outdoors throughout the cold months, we urge you to keep safety your number one priority.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswain’s mate from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, was recently designated a Coast Guard surfman, the highest qualification a coxswain can achieve in the Coast Guard. Receiving the surfman designation puts Taylor in an elite group; she’s the Coast Guard’s 484th surfman, one of only six females to ever receive the designation in Coast Guard history and the very first from Station Humboldt Bay.
With a new season of “Coast Guard Alaska” premiering tonight, we asked our Facebook fans if they could ask Lt. Cmdr. Jake Smith, a pilot at Air Station Kodiak, anything, what would it be? With more than 70 questions asked, it was clear fans were eager to hear more about the men and women who operate in Alaska.
For many, the morning commute to work involves traffic delays, routine routes and mile upon mile of repetition. But for one Coast Guard member, a morning commute turned into a moment to save a life.
While operating in the northern waters of the Gulf, a small vessel capsized in a remote area leaving five Iranian mariners stranded with no one to rescue them. This was the scenario these men faced prior to their chance discovery by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui. Rescue did not come to their aid until this 110-foot Coast Guard cutter happened to come across the mariners whose lives were saved by the quick-thinking Coast Guard crew. The crew, who had trained intensely for such a situation, swiftly moved into action in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, while assigned to Combined Task Force 152.
For many, the fall season means cooling temperatures, leaves turning and all things pumpkin. But for the men and women of Air Station Kodiak, the fall is all about the cold, Cold Bay to be exact. Kodiak stood up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay, Alaska, in advance of winter fisheries with one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and rotating crews. A second helicopter and crew will remain at the ready in Kodiak to assist in any long-range or complex cases.
Fast-moving storms blew through parts of the Eastern Seaboard last week, whipping maritime communities with heavy rain and high winds. True to form for Coast Guard men and women, the foul weather was no match for the perseverance of Coast Guard crews.
A line of strong thunderstorms moved through west Florida in late September, bringing with it 45-knot winds and heavy downpours that significantly reduced visibility. Although command center watchstanders issued marine information broadcast, the storm caught many boaters off guard. Phones rang off the hook and radios blared with transmissions from distressed boaters. By storm’s end the watch team responded to the highest volume of distress calls in the sector’s history, answering more than 60 reports of distress. It was a night of remarkable dedication to duty by watchstanders at St. Petersburg; it was a night they dubbed SARmageddon.
Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea. This weekend, a Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 1,036 miles to airdrop blood and medical supplies to a cruise ship northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.
The last MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova, Alaska, for the summer season returned to its home base of Kodiak closing out a season of lifesaving. Throughout the deployment, which started May 1, 2013, aircrews out of forward operating location Cordova flew on 26 cases, saved 11 and assisted 18.