2012 Videos of the Year: Downed seaplane

Our third video finalist features Coast Guard aircrews, along with state and federal agencies, rescuing two people from an overturned and partially submerged Cessna seaplane off the Monterey, Calif., coast.

“There were two EPIRBs on board the aircraft,” said Ed Skinner, 11th Coast Guard District search and rescue controller, referring to an electronic position indicating radio beacon. “One was a PLB with what’s called an e-solution. The e-solution can be hooked up to a GPS on the COSPAS SARSAT system which gave us a clear position. That was instrumental in getting us on scene quickly.”

The 2012 Videos of the Year began Saturday, with voting open through Jan. 4, 2013. Continuing through New Year’s Eve, Coast Guard Compass will publish one of the top 10 videos each day including commentary from a servicemember who participated in the mission.

Make sure to watch the videos as they are posted on Compass, Facebook and YouTube, and then cast your vote!

To vote for your favorite videos, choose “like” on the Coast Guard’s Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2012 Videos of the Year playlist. You can also see a highlight compilation of the top 10 videos.

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