2011 Video of the Year: Day 1

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Thirteen miles northeast of the Big Island, Hawaii, a pilot makes a crash landing into the ocean and a Coast Guard aircrew is there to rescue him. More than 4,000 miles away, a Coast Guard boatcrew interdicts a cocaine-laden drug sub in the Caribbean Sea seconds before it sinks. 

These real-life operations, like many performed by the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, largely go unseen by members of the public. While some may get a glimpse of the action, we wanted to give you something more… 

We combed through all of the Coast Guard’s videos from throughout the year to select the top 10 videos highlighting the year’s most compelling cases from the work done every day by America’s Coast Guard. Now we need your help in deciding the top three!

Click the above image to see the video of the North Head cliff rescue on YouTube. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.
Click the above image to see the video of the North Head cliff rescue on YouTube. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

The first video finalist, kicking off the contest, features a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., responding to an injured climber near North Head Lighthouse near Ilwaco, Wash., July 7.

The 2011 Video of the Year contest begins today, with voting open through Jan. 13, 2012. Starting today, and continuing through New Years’ Eve, Coast Guard Compass will publish one of the top 10 videos each day including commentary from a servicemember who participated in the mission.

Just watch the videos as they are posted on Compass, Facebook and YouTube and then cast your vote! To vote for your favorite videos, choose “Like” on the Coast Guard’s Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2011 Videos of the Year playlist.

To watch all the videos on YouTube, check out the 2011 Video of the Year playlist. You can also see a highlight compilation of the top 10 videos below.

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