Rescue: Saving the Gulf

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CNN's Rob Marciano observes skimming operations aboard Coast Guard Cutter Elm. (Photo courtesy of CNN) Click the image to view more behind the scenes photos from "Rescue: Saving the Gulf."
CNN's Rob Marciano (right) observes skimming operations aboard Coast Guard Cutter Elm. (Photo courtesy of CNN) Click the image to view more behind the scenes photos from "Rescue: Saving the Gulf."

For months now, millions have been glued to their television sets as the response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has played out live across America. This weekend, CNN’s Rob Marciano will take viewers behind the scenes of the cleanup of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history as he hosts  Rescue: Saving the Gulf .

Chief Warrant Officer David Hansen provides CNN's Rob Marciano with an overview of skimming operations on the deck of CGC Elm. (Photo courtesy of CNN) Click the image to view video of Marciano getting dirty assisting CGC Elm crewmembers with skimming operations.
Chief Warrant Officer David Hansen provides CNN's Rob Marciano with an overview of skimming operations on the deck of CGC Elm. (Photo courtesy of CNN) Click the image to view video of Marciano getting dirty assisting CGC Elm crewmembers with skimming operations.

Here’s some of what CNN had to say about the special report:

Marciano joined the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm, 9 miles off the coast of Alabama to learn first-hand how oil skimming really works. From the engine room to the navigation deck, Marciano shows viewers the sights, sounds and smells of the intense, interconnected teamwork that keeps this uniquely massive 24-hour operation going. Gripping oil slicked ropes on the deck to steady the skimmer and boom, in scorching +100-degree sun and oppressive oil fumes, Marciano accompanies the crew as they siphon oil to a nearby barge.

“The persistence of the people working to clean up the Gulf demonstrates their grit and strength,” says Marciano. “It’s a fight and a struggle every day – against the elements, against the oil, against sheer exhaustion. This is what it takes. Viewers will be inspired by their extraordinary determination to reclaim their way of life.”

Be sure to tune into CNN Saturday, July 24 at 8p (ET and PT) for Rescue: Saving the Gulf.

CNN's Rob Marciano interviews CDR John Kennedy, commanding officer of CGC Elm, for "Rescue: Saving the Gulf." (Photo courtesy of CNN)
CNN's Rob Marciano interviews CDR John Kennedy, commanding officer of CGC Elm, for "Rescue: Saving the Gulf." (Photo courtesy of CNN)

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