itCG-medevacs at sea, CG unit hosts disabled and terminally ill kids, SAR hearing, NTSB recommendation

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  • Guardians from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak medevaced a 32-year-old man with symptoms of pneumonia from a 165-foot fishing vessel approximately 150 miles northwest of St. Paul. The man was delivered safely to St. Paul where he was later transported to Anchorage via life flight medical services. Click here to watch a video of the medevac operation.
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  • Coast Guard responded to a call for help from a U.S. Navy submarine off the coast of Washington. The Air Station Astoria-based helicopter crew airlifted a sailor from the submarine to the hospital. Click here for video of the daring hoist from the hatch of a submarine.
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  • Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and Coast Guard Cutter Halibut rolled out the red carpet for children with terminal illnesses and permanent disabilities from New Zealand. Koru Care is a registered charitable trust in New Zealand that helps to make dreams come true for sick and disabled children. The kids were treated to tours of the units and a special look inside an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. They also received patches, hats and official coins during the tour.
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  • RADM Sally Brice-O’Hara testified yesterday on the Coast Guard Search and Rescue program. The hearing was sparked by an interest in the Coast Guard’s search and rescue response ability and workforce strength. Click here to watch video of the hearing. Click here to read her written testimony.
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  • The National Transportation Safety Board completed its investigation of the March 2008 sinking of the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea and concluded that the nation’s commercial fishing fleet requires greater oversight. The panel recommended that the Coast Guard ask Congress for inspection authority to strengthen safety standards.
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