These are some of the best shots I have seen lately of a 47-foot motor lifeboat riding in the surf. Station Bodega Bay crew took advantage of the early season swell that brought consistent 15-foot surf to the area last Saturday to conduct training in preparation to respond to distress calls and maritime emergencies during high seas and heavy weather.
Station Bodega Bay is one of 19 designated surf stations in the Coast Guard. At these units, coxswains are specially trained as Surfmen and have learned to operate the 47-foot boat under extreme weather conditions.
The 47-foot motor lifeboat is designed to operate in high seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. These boats are self-bailing and will self-right within 30 seconds of overturning.