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!
Today brings us to video number seven in the 2011 Video of the Year contest. Today’s video showcases a search and rescue case performed by an Air Station Los Angeles aircrew, but with a twist. This time you are seeing the rescue from the point of view of the rescue swimmer!
Voting for the 2011 Video of the Year contest will be open through Jan. 13, 2012. Coast Guard Compass will publish one of the top 10 videos each day until New Year’s Eve, 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.