Though the mission had started out easy enough, three hours later it was the single worst moment of my life and by far my worst day in a helicopter. We were 240 miles offshore. It [...]
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. [...]
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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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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.
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.