A student throws a line to a classmate in the John Day River in Astoria, Ore.

Training to survive

There is nothing more valuable to human life than the knowledge and skills required to preserve it. A recent course held in Astoria, Ore., offered students exactly that sort of value. The course, specifically designed to educate commercial fishermen on how to survive maritime emergencies, offered a host of information and practical experience aimed at saving their lives.

Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Pacific Northwest

The men and women of the 13th Coast Guard District are the Pacific Northwest’s first responders. Each and every day, more than 4,000 men and women answer the call by demonstrating the highest competence in execution and support of the service’s missions.