SAR

When All Else Fails: Broken Cables, Lost Hooks, and Options

By MarioJanuary 30, 2016 SAR

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 was pitch black, freezing cold, my best friend, Mike, was in the water and the hoist cable was – strand-by-strand […]

Are You Missing Something?

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. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]

Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

By MarioNovember 24, 2013 Boating Safety, SAR

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 County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast […]

Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School – MSNBC Report

By MarioJune 16, 2013 Coast Guard, Military, SAR

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Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

By MarioApril 29, 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 most dangerous stretches of water in the world. What does the station like to do when the roughest of the […]

Deadliest Catch?

This is a post where I feel compelled to put the disclaimer right up front:  The views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Coast Guard. (There – now that we’ve got that out of the way….) Alright gang, I’ve officially had […]

She’ll Save You

By MarioMarch 17, 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 year. Video 1 Video 2

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Your Radio and DSC

By MarioFebruary 27, 2011 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

If you’re out on the water and things go badly -fire, taking on water, man overboard, etc – you really need to work the problem.  Seconds may count but you also need to get on the radio and make a call.  If things go bad, really bad, you have to call “Mayday” – wait for a response […]