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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507, 2014

Are You Missing Something?

By |July 5th, 2014|Categories: Boating Safety, Risk, SAR, Survival, Water Safety|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

You've been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You've created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. [...]

507, 2014

Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

By |July 5th, 2014|Categories: Water Safety|0 Comments

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you [...]

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Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

By |November 24th, 2013|Categories: Boating Safety, SAR|3 Comments

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens' 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99. Currituck [...]

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