Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

By | 2017-05-18T15:29:49+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR|

The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren't just possible, they are damned likely. The station's back yard is the Columbia Bar - one of the [...]

She’ll Save You

By | 2017-05-18T15:29:50+00:00 March 17th, 2011|Coast Guard, Military, SAR|

My friend, Sara Faulkner, is one of only four women currently serving as helicopter rescue swimmers in the U.S. Coast Guard. Here she is being interviewed after a rescue she was involved in late last [...]

Expect the Unexpected

By | 2017-05-18T15:30:02+00:00 June 16th, 2010|Boating Safety, SAR, Survival|

The best place for boaters to be when heavy weather strikes is back at the marina – but weather changes can happen fast, the unexpected can extend your voyage, and in the middle of your first bad patch of sea is not the time or place to learn how to handle things in rough water.

Life and Death and Abby’s EPIRBs

By | 2017-05-18T15:30:02+00:00 June 12th, 2010|Boating Safety, EPIRB, SAR|

There is simply no way to imagine that the Sunderland's decision to allow their sixteen-year-old daughter (and seventeen-year-old son before her) to venture out to sea alone was not influenced by the modern EPIRB. She was carrying two of them aboard. "Radio's - check; SATCOM - check; Way to pinpoint your location and call for help if things go wrong? - check and check." The electronic "Time-Out" button provides a LOT of comfort to all of us who go to sea and I'm certainly not complaining; again, I love the things. However, mariners need to address the growing and unspoken trend to rely on these devices as a replacement for an abundance of caution and judgment.