- Guardians posted new video in the Visual Information Gallery over the weekend of a few Coast Guard helicopter hoists and transfers. Check out video from a the rescue of the French kayaker in the Bering Sea, Alaska or the fisherman who was medically evacuated off the coast of California and transfered to EMS or the medevac of an injured hiker near Juneau, Alaska.
More pictures and video available here
- It was both a float plan and the cooperation of a cell phone provider that helped the Coast Guard find a family of three on James Creek in Maryland yesterday. After a family friend contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore to report the family was overdue, the Coast Guard worked with the boater’s cell phone provider to narrow the search area and locate the family. IAW Chapter 2.7 of the U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the U.S. National SAR Supplement, during a search and rescue case where there is danger to life, Coast Guard may work with cellular providers to obtain tower and call information to help correlate a position. Although this is a helpful resource, cellular phones are not a good means of communication on the water due to limited coverage area and short battery life. Boaters should carry a marine band radio onboard at all times.
- A day jet skiing on the Neuse River in North Carolina turned into a search when only two of the three teenagers returned. When the three went swimming off the jet skiis, only two of them were wearing life jackets. The third, who was not wearing a life jacket, struggled in the water and is missing.