In the Coast Guard- May 27, 2009

  • The Coast Guard is going to be working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after Canada and the U.S. signed an agreement Monday designed to increase border security by allowing both agencies to ride in each others’ vessels during border patrols.

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    The word Coast in Coast Guard can be a bit of a misnomer, and many people I have talked to think that coast means just the coasts of the United States. The Coast Guard can actually be found in locations all over the world working with a plethora of other agencies to complete missions.

    Another way that the Coast Guard works with Canada is in the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum which is a venue to foster cooperation through the sharing of information between the major countries bordering the north Pacific Ocean. You can read more about it and find links to some great videos about the NPCGF here.

  • Remember how I was saying working together is important in yesterday’s In the Coast Guard post? Well in California, cooperative efforts between the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department prevented a maritime smuggling attempt yesterday at the Encinitas coastline.

    The boat appears to have been smuggling people into the U.S. It was caught offshore approximately five miles west of the coastline at Point Loma after reportedly dropping people off on shore.

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In this image a Coast Guard HH-65 lowers a rescue swimmer during a training exercise. USCG photo.

In this image a Coast Guard HH-65 lowers a rescue swimmer during a training exercise. USCG photo.

  • A Coast Guard helo kind of blew away the crowd at a parade in a rather unexpected manner and two people were injured. One of the injured was a young girl who was taken to the hospital for a cut on her head. This happened when the HH-65 was doing an overflight and the rotorwash caused some tree branches to break.

    A helo normally does not operate at that low an altitude but had been requested for the parade. If you read the article it seems that there was also an incident with a horse and that in the past a bear got loose into the crowd, the Coast Guard does not have horses or bears and was not involved in either of those incidents.

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