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Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Boes of Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, talks with students from Oak Park High School about the commercial activities of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a tour of the ports aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach. The students are researching the effects of commerce on the marine environment for a school project.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Boes of Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, talks with students from Oak Park High School about the commercial activities of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a tour of the ports aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach. The students are researching the effects of commerce on the marine environment for a school project. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.)
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba was deployed last night to investigate a distress call from a Gloucester lobster boat disabled approximately 200-miles offshore. The boat, whose engines wouldn’t start, was facing 40 mph winds and 11-16 foot seas with a forecast calling for snow showers was being towed by a Good Samaritan as it awaited the Escanaba.
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  • A diving boat captain was awarded the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for acting as a Good Samaritan and rescuing the crew of a disabled fishing boat off the coast of Washington State. On August 29, Mike Ferguson put his own boat and 12 passengers at risk to pull four fishermen off a boat that was being pushed towards rocks and a reef by heavy surf.
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  • The air crew of an Air Station Kodiak, Alaska helicopter will be honored with a “Salute to Excellence” award by the Helicopter Association International. The crew is being honored “for their heroic rescue of a crewman from the fishing vessel Kodiak suffering from a severe head injury, 90 miles west of Cold Bay, in blizzard conditions Jan. 30, 2009.”
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  • The Coast Guard welcomed the city of Portsmouth, VA as the ninth Coast Guard City on Wednesday. The Coast Guard Cities Program, begun in 1998, recognizes communities with a long history of supporting the Coast Guard and welcoming its members and families. Portsmouth is home to Base Portsmouth and was home to the first permanent lightship station in 1820.
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