Watchstanders

Shipmate of the Week – OS1 Ronnie Leavell, OS2 Will Lengyel and OS3 Brittany Doss

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.


radio watch

Float plans: Safety can’t get any easier

I want to tell you about the most useful safety device available today. When you’re going through your underway checklist, this item should be the first and last thing you mark off. It’s simple and it’s free. It’s called a float plan. Essentially, it’s a “who, what, where and when” of your boat trip.


OS2 Neumann

Shipmate of the Week – OS2 Lindsey Neumann

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina has oversight of operational Coast Guard missions throughout the entire state. With a challenging environment chock full of shifting sands and shallow inlets in addition to busy waterways – a robust commercial ferry system, two major international ports and a commercial fishing fleet of more than 9,000 vessels – you could say there is a lot going on in North Carolina. To keep track of the operations are the dedicated watchstanders at the sector’s command center, including Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Neumann.


Fly over

Search and rescue: Oceania

Standing the Hawaiian Islands watch requires a force of on call specialists, always ready for the surge capacity nature of the job. Modern search and rescue methodology has sprinted forward in recent decades, keeping pace with evolving technology. Sometimes a Coast Guardsmen’s best lifesaving tool is not only more than two hundred year of lifesaving tradition, but also products of the digital era.


Senior Chief Samp

Shipmate of the Week – OSCS Douglas Samp

“Expert” is a title used to refer to someone who has the highest level of skill in a given arena. Well, Senior Chief Petty Officer Douglas Samp has mastered the craft of emergency response management and is an expert in the truest sense of the word. In fact, under Samp’s leadership, San Francisco units have responded to an astounding 1,883 search and rescue cases.


LT Wallace gives a presentation

Rescue 21 continues to revolutionize SAR

Position? Nature of distress? Description of the vessel? Number of people on board? Are people wearing their life jackets? These are the first five things a Coast Guard watchstander will ask when you make a distress call. Watchstanders call this […]


Search and Rescue Controllers

Over at the AMVER blog is a video about Coast Guard District Fourteen search and rescue controllers. It offers a behind the scenes look at the things the controllers do in the Command Center to manage and allocate resources during […]