Day 1: Video of the Year contest begins!

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Video of the Year contest

And… we’re off! The contest is now officially underway for Coast Guard Video of the Year!

Yesterday we offered you a sampling of the top 11 Coast Guard videos of 2010. Now, it is time for you to view each individual video, including commentary from a member of the Coast Guard unit involved in the mission, to select your favorite. Each day for the next 11 days, we will post a new video. Stay tuned to see them all and cast your vote!

Our first video features the rescue of a father and son who got caught in the surf off the coast of Oregon. It is narrated by Lt. Jason Reeder, one of the Coast Guard pilots flying the HH-65 helicopter during the case. Click on the image below to watch the video on YouTube (click here to watch the CGVI video accessible from a Coast Guard computer).

Father and son rescue
ASTORIA, Ore. – In this 2010 Coast Guard Video of the Year nominee, the Coast Guard rescues an 11-year-old boy and his father caught in the surf near Pacific City, Ore., March 26, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard video by Group/Air Station North Bend.

To cast your vote, use any (or all) of the following ways:

1. Choose to “like” your favorite video on our YouTube 2010 Video of the Year playlist.
2. Choose to “like” your favorite video on our Facebook fan page.
3. Leave a positive comment on the Compass blog post for that video.

*Please note, YouTube and Facebook will require you to sign in using your personal account to vote

Although you can vote for multiple videos, keep in mind you can only “like” the video once on YouTube and Facebook so you might want to save your vote for your favorite. Each method will be weighted equally, worth 1/3 of the total vote. Voting will stay open until January 10, 2011 with the top three videos announced on the Compass January 11.

Check back tomorrow for video #2…

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