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Old 12-10-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Coast Guard: HMS Bounty Rescue

I'm sitting here watching this show on The Weather Channel and am amazed at the courage and skills of our Coast Guard rescue crews. What these folks do to pluck us from the waters following our disasters is phenomenal. These guys and gals are true heroes.

Check it out on The Weather Channel near you.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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I'm sitting here watching this show on The Weather Channel and am amazed at the courage and skills of our Coast Guard rescue crews. What these folks do to pluck us from the waters following our disasters is phenomenal. These guys and gals are true heroes.

Check it out on The Weather Channel near you.


Feel free to pass that along to them directly any chance you get...the appreciation means more than anything....we certainly didn't/do it for the money.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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We lost a Coastie here on the left coast this month when his RIB was rammed by a drug smugglin' panga driven by two of our "friendly" neighbors from the south. With the land border bein' tightened up, the smugglers of drugs and illegals, are using boats more often.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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Feel free to pass that along to them directly any chance you get...the appreciation means more than anything....we certainly didn't/do it for the money.
I have and I will at every encounter. Thanks for all that you do to keep us alive.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Some years ago, the boat we had at the time sprung a garboard plank in Long Island Sound in December and we were taking on water big-time. The CG sent a 45' boat and a 5 man crew-I never had the urge to kiss a guy in an orange thermal suit, but when the first guy came on board I seriously considered it. In less than 45 minutes, they got 4 powered pumps going, flew in a 5th via chopper and managed to get us to a lift in Conn. In short, they saved our a$$!

I know as enlisted personnel they are not making a bunch of $$, but they are doing one hell of a job in circumstances most of us would not willingly face.
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Some years ago, the boat we had at the time sprung a garboard plank in Long Island Sound in December and we were taking on water big-time. The CG sent a 45' boat and a 5 man crew-I never had the urge to kiss a guy in an orange thermal suit, but when the first guy came on board I seriously considered it. In less than 45 minutes, they got 4 powered pumps going, flew in a 5th via chopper and managed to get us to a lift in Conn. In short, they saved our a$$!

I know as enlisted personnel they are not making a bunch of $$, but they are doing one hell of a job in circumstances most of us would not willingly face.
i am curious to know if the CG sent you a bill for the "rescue" afterwards?

as a side note whenever i see the CG in and around southern california they seem very militant, and also very young.
i prefer to avoid them, just kinda gives me that feeling of being "policed".

FW, I will have to catch that series though, perhaps it will change my perspective.
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Our experience with the USCG has never been anything other than positive. We've been boarded twice so far and each time the CG team was friendly, efficient, and polite.

I have also, in the company of Carey of this forum, witnessed the CG respond to a potential hull rupture of a large steel sailboat. They diverted a 47' motor lifeboat and the sight of it banking into the bay around the point on a full plane was impressive to say the least. Their rapid inspection of the boat found that the water ingress was actually from a ruptured line from the fresh water tank and not a hull compromise. Nevertheless they offered to escort the big sailboat back to Bellingham if the owner felt at all unsure about the integrity of his vessel.

One can quibble about the current mission of the USCG in light of human, drug, and weapons trafficking, and can question the decisions of some of the people at the top. But when it comes to the men and women manning the boats, helicopters, and shore stations, I think they are doing the best they can with the job they have been given.

More militant? Sure, maybe. But look at the times we live in. I am more "militant" driving my car to work every day. When you have no idea what's going to happen when you approach another boat either randomly or because it fits a profile you're on the lookout for, given the kinds of people that are out there today, I would fault them for not being militant in their precautions.
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My only experience with the USCG has been them passing me by at 25 knots or so in RIBs or their small "ships" (or patrolling around cruise ships, which doesn't "count" in this forum). I mean "zipping by" as they always seem to be in a hurry whether practicing or for real. USCG Station Vallejo is only a quarter mile from the Coot's berth, so I see 'em at least twice a day.



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Feel free to pass that along to them directly any chance you get...the appreciation means more than anything....we certainly didn't/do it for the money.
I had a neighbor whose son, JohnA Lopez, became a swimmer off a chopper in Alaska. Did you ever run into him?
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My "rescue" was in 1990, so times have change with the CG. I do think the change in mission, i.e. "all terrorism all the time" has increased the militant nature of the CG. I have had quite a few friends in the CG over the last 30 or so years, and in the old days, I think the CG did not really consider itself a part of the traditional "Uniformed Services". They weren't a part of the Dep't of Defense, they were Treasury Dep't. I can remember a friend who was a captain on a cutter S. Fla chasing druggies in the early 80's. They got an order to fire on a large boat to disable it and they had a waiting line on deck to fire the .50 cal! Now, all are armed, the 25'RIBs carry a .50 cal on the deck and the rescue mission has taken a back seat to the "terrorism" misson. I am not so sure this has been a good thing for the CG.
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... Now, all are armed, the 25'RIBs carry a .50 cal on the deck and the rescue mission has taken a back seat to the "terrorism" misson. I am not so sure this has been a good thing for the CG.
I thought the RB-S Defender class carried 30 caliber machine guns until the C variant which comes with one 50 caliber machine gun and two 30 caliber machine guns. The RB-S boats I've seen (presumably A or B variants) seemed to have the 30 caliber guns. Someone set me straight.
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Mark-you might weill be right-I am not up-to-date on my machine guns!
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I had a neighbor whose son, JohnA Lopez, became a swimmer off a chopper in Alaska. Did you ever run into him?
Names familiar but I have been retired since 1999. I was in Kodiak 1990-1992, Head of the Alaska Patrol Division of HH65's deploying on ships.

There's also Sitka Airsta so there's a disconnect as well as if he was an HH-3F or HH60 RS, I may never really flew with him... I was an HH65A pilot, spent way to much time flying off ships...
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You mean like this? I couldn't tell you if it's a 30 cal or a 50 cal, but it sure looked big close up. (I'd guess a 30 cal.) What's that black shrouded thing forward of the transom?



After the Treasury Dept, The USCG fell under the DOT until post-9/11. Here's a brief cut and paste from wiki.

"The modern Coast Guard can be said to date to 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the United States Life-Saving Service and Congress formalized the existence of the new organization. In 1939, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was brought under its purview. In 1942, the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation was transferred to the Coast Guard. In 1967, the Coast Guard moved from the Department of the Treasury to the newly formed Department of Transportation, an arrangement that lasted until it was placed under the Department of Homeland Security in 2002 as part of legislation designed to more efficiently protect American interests following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001."
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[QUOTE="FlyWright;119073"]..... What's that black shrouded thing forward of the transom?


A BBQ? Hey, they might get hungry shooting that 30cal!

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All this talk of the Coast Guard saves reminded me of something that happened several years ago. I was conducting an airborne inspection of an airborne instrument landing system to the airport in Arlington, WA. There were several repetitive runs required across the localizer course that took me over the waters SW of Paine Field. During one of these runs, while I was checking out the boats anchored and cruising below, one of the boats launched a red flare into the air. Since I was not sure which boat it came from, I discussed the event with the copilot and we continued our work on our designated tracks which would bring us back over the same area 5 minutes later.

As we overflew the area a second time, I clearly observed a second flare. This one was launched from a white boat at anchor. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary with the boat at the time…no smoke, no listing, no debris in the water. I was careful to take note of which white boat in a grouping of about eight white boats fired the flare.
I advised the Seattle Approach Control Air Traffic Controller that we had observed a flare being launched from a vessel and provided the coordinates. He replied that he’d advise the USCG of the event.
About 10-15 minutes later, ATC advised us that the USCG vessel was rounding a point to the west in the sound and told us the USCG was asking us to lead them to the boat in question. We broke off our work and proceeded to the point, finding the orange vessel speeding along toward the vessels. We circled the USCG, then bee-lined to the flare-shooter and circled. We repeated this maneuver until the CG approached and rafted with the correct vessel, then we continued our job.

Five minutes later, we got another call from ATC stating that the CG wanted to verify that we were sure he approached the correct vessel. He said the skipper on the boat denied shooting flares. I assured him that I was 100% sure that the second flare came from that vessel the CG was rafted with. He passed this info to the CG, we completed our work and departed the area.

Later that evening, I completed my routine paperwork describing my day’s workload and included the delay/diversion in the commentary. I decided to call the USCG duty officer to see what the outcome of the event was. When I explained who I was and summarized the event, the duty officer started laughing.

She said that after we identified the vessel, they boarded and interviewed the Capt. The Capt denied shooting any flares. After they got confirmation that they had the right vessel, they turned up the heat and asked more questions and the first mate spilled the beans.

There were two guys onboard fishing illegally. Their net got wrapped around their prop and they were dead in the water. The captain didn’t want to ask for help because he was afraid he’d get busted for fishing illegally. The captain’s plan (or lack thereof) apparently didn’t go over well with the first mate and a mutiny began. The first mate eventually fired the flares contrary to the instructions of the captain. No word on the enforcement actions coming from the event, but apparently they were towed to safety.

Over the years, I’ve found myself in situations where I have alerted pilots to prevent them from landing without their landing gear extended, assisted lost pilots in finding a suitable airport, talked pilots through aircraft operating procedures from the control tower and made the initial report on many fires in wilderness areas. But this was my only maritime assist.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:39 AM   #17
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Great stories. As always, Thank each of you for your service. In this day and age it is a pleasure to see, witness those young ladies and gentlemen who choose to serve. Those of us a little long in the tooth had our moments, so God bless each and every one of you.

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What's that black shrouded thing forward of the transom?
The SAFE boats out of Bellingham have the same thing. I have always assumed it was a mount for a second gun or a stern mount for their only gun. But I could be wrong. The short parallel bars halfway down suggest a towing bitt, too, with the line going back over the bar behind the engines to lift it out of the way of the motor heads. Could even be a combination towing bitt-gun mount, I suppose.
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Here's a close-up view of one of the USCG's small guns. To the poster earlier who asked what the shrouded thing was ahead of the transom...another mount for a 2nd gun.
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