itCG – President thanks Guardians, man fined $112k for false distress calls, safe boating courses work, honoring Surfman Jack Dipert

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  • Guardians were among those receiving a personal thanks from the President of the United States on Thanksgiving. President Obama called two members of each of the armed services serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to express the nation’s gratitude for their service.
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  • A Toledo man charged with making false distress calls has been sentenced to three years probation and will have to pay $112,735 in restitution to the Coast Guard. Making false distress calls is a serious offense that not only wastes valuable government resources but can also prevent search and rescue assets from responding to a real emergency.
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  • Evidence compiled by the Coast Guard and New Jersey state police over the past decade indicates that safe boating classes do make waterways safer. New Jersey passed a series of laws in 1996 and 1997 making safe boating courses mandatory for all riders of personal watercraft. Since then, the state has seen a precipitous drop in boating related deaths and accidents.
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  • On Monday, Guardians and surviving family members of the steamer Henry Cort will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the loss of the vessel and the rescue of its crew. The ceremony will honor Coast Guard Surfman Jack Dipert who gave his life “so others may live” when the 320-foot steamer was tossed onto a breaker by rough seas in Muskegon Harbor on November 30, 1934. A program Monday evening will unveil new underwater footage of the wreckage.
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