Post Written by Bob Hopkins
- “Deadliest Catch” film-crewmembers received Coast Guard training in preparation for filming the popular Discovery Channel reality show that covers the dangerous king crab fishery in Alaska. The film-crewmembers received survival suit, life raft and flare training combined with drills in the pool. The crew will be embedded with the Coast Guard and will record video footage from rescue helicopters for the show’s upcoming new season.
- A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued a pilot of an experimental aircraft yesterday after the aircraft crashed into the wooded area five miles west of St. Helens, Ore. The pilot lost communications during landing so the helicopter used the last known position provided by the Federal Aviation Administration to look for the aircraft. The airplane wreckage was located and a rescue swimmer was lowered to retrieve the pilot. The pilot was airlifted to Portland for treatment of extensive injuries.
- Guardians responded to a call for help after a 17-foot motorboat ran aground and began taking on water in Casco Bay, Maine. The 25-foot rescue boat crew was able to locate and rescue two people and a dog from Whale Rock, about two miles southwest of Bailey Island.
- A Coast Guard rescue boat pulled a 43-year old man from a sinking sail boat in Ponce De Leon Inlet in Florida. The 23-foot vessel took on water after the rudder broke while transiting the Inlet. Thankfully, the boater used his marine radio to make a mayday call with his location and was wearing a life jacket. Guardians credited the man for taking proper safety precautions and using local landmarks to assist with the rescue operation.
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- Guardians from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon rescued two people from a life raft about 35 miles north of Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. The Coast Guard received a distress call around 3 p.m. yesterday after the 35-foot craft they were traveling in caught fire. The boat burned for about 45 minutes and sank in waters 120 feet deep.
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