itCG – racing the storm, hero captain, cold water rescues, master cutterman

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ATLANTIC OCEAN - Crewmembers aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba hold on to nets on the flight deck of the cutter when the ship rolls in 15-foot seas Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The 270-foot cutter is approaching a Gloucester, Mass., lobster boat that became disabled more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.)
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Crewmembers aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba hold on to nets on the flight deck of the cutter when the ship rolls in 15-foot seas Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The 270-foot cutter is approaching a Gloucester, Mass., lobster boat that became disabled more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.)
  • Guardians aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba are racing the clock in an effort to tow a Gloucester lobster boat and its crew back to shore ahead of a powerful winter storm. The two boats are making approximately 4-knots of headway in 10-15 foot seas and 38 mile-per-hour winds. The Escanaba and its tow are expected in port sometime Saturday.
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  • A Canadian fishing boat captain died a hero earlier this week as he sacrificed himself to ensure the safety of his crew. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have called off the search for Captain David Allison Trask who went down with his fishing boat shortly after getting his crew into survival suits and onto a life raft as his boat took on water and eventually capsized.
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  • Cold water rescues are dangerous for both the victim and the rescuer. Guardians joined first responders in a cold water rescue exercise yesterday morning aimed at building upon best practices and getting rescue swimmers the experience they need before they have to make a save in frigid waters.
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  • Back in October, the Compass reported on Machinery Technician Chief Petty Officer Paul Hicks receiving his Master Cutterman award. This week, we’re happy to report that Chief Warrant Officer Charles Reynolds has joined that elite list of Guardians. Congratulations to BOSN3 Reynolds for being awarded the Coast Guard Master Cutterman certificate for 20 years of at-sea service!
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