Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2017 – Wednesday

Take a look to see what an average Wednesday entailed during the month of February. Today we feature operations to include ice rescue and first aid training, and highlight members who embody the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.


Below Zero: Ice Rescue on Lake Champlain

Working through bitter winds and freezing temperatures, Coast Guard ice rescuers are trained for every scenario. Ice rescuers from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, explain the best way to conduct a self-rescue after falling through ice in this edition of Below Zero.


Videos of the Year 2014: Ice Rescue Training

2014 Videos of the Year: Ice Rescue Training

Coast Guard crews train in some frigid conditions in the fourth video in our top 10 competition.


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On ice: Hunting & fishing safety

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.


Rescue operation

Icy Resolve

Icy Resolve – simulating the crash of a commuter airplane into ice-covered Lake Erie – employed numerous airboats, helicopters and shore-based rescue crews and provided rescuers the opportunity to evaluate their plans, capabilities and coordination. Icy Resolve also tested each agency’s ability to execute critical incident communications, emergency medical care and many other elements of mass rescue operations.


Ice rescue training

ICE: Intelligence, clothing, equipment

Many recreational boaters in colder parts of the country have put their boats away until spring, but scores of boaters still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation. Once familiar lakes or rivers can freeze over and become unpredictable and dangerous. Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect the ice’s stability.


On thin ice

While scores of boaters in colder parts of the country have put their boats into storage until spring, many still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation. But what happens when a lake or river freezes over and […]


Special purpose craft airboat

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG201240

Ice. Freezing temperatures. Blinding conditions. These are hostile environments to perform the Coast Guard’s missions, but for the men and women of the Great Lakes, it just comes with the territory. A Coast Guard Station Marblehead airboat crew faced these […]


Night Time Ice Rescue Training

Ice rescue training on the Great Lakes

Coast Guard men and women standing the watch on the Great Lakes perform their missions in one of the nation’s most environmentally challenging areas, and one element above all others presents the biggest challenge – ice. This winter season has […]


Guardians of the Week – BM2s Summers, Ray and SN Edwards

Coast Guardsmen often find themselves in a position to rescue others.  It usually happens on a boat or from the air, but two weeks ago our three Guardians of the Week, Petty Officers 2nd Class Chris Summers and Kevin Ray […]


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