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About Mario

MarioHSMario’s first experience with at-sea emergencies was as ship’s company aboard the USS Coral Sea, a WWII era aircraft carrier., in 1985. Joining the Coast Guard in 1991 he worked at Training Center Cape May before transferring to the Cutter Point Franklin as a helmsman and small boat coxswain. He graduated from Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School in 1994 and began his career helicopter rescue with two tours at Air Station Elizabeth City, one at Air Station New Orleans, then finally as an instructor and course developer at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 following  four years as a vessel inspector and accident investigator in Norfolk, Virginia […]

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2504, 2013

Update: Tough Mudder – Witnesses Describe Rescue as Slow / Disorganized

By | April 25th, 2013|Categories: Opinion, Risk, Water Safety|Tags: , , |11 Comments

(If you were there - please help:  A Call for Videos) A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did [...]

2304, 2013

The Unaccounted-For Variables: Where Tough Mudder Failed

By | April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Life, Opinion, Risk, Water Safety|Tags: , , |53 Comments

I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight-year old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is [...]

1903, 2013

CG Remember: Remembering our Fallen Coast Guard Shipmates and their Families

By | March 19th, 2013|Categories: Coast Guard|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I still remember the first time Sean Lawler called me up to tell me about this guy – Bill Bruns – who decided he was going to run the Keys 100 (in Key West, FL) [...]

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