Video: Coast Guard saves man attempting to ‘walk’ to Bermuda in a bubble

Video:  Coast Guard saves man attempting to 'walk' to Bermuda in a bubble

Washington-based Coast Guardsman soars at Airman Leadership School

Washington-based Coast Guardsman soars at Airman Leadership School
They drive boats, pilot aircraft, fix engines and maintain hulls. They enforce laws, troubleshoot issues, prepare meals and perform administrative tasks. They defend the nation, protect the environment and save lives. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Whitney Jackson poses for a photo in front of the MFPU Bangor office, July 25, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer) Coast...

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident’s call to serve

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident's call to serve
In the midst of an old growth forest about 50 miles northeast of Seattle in Snohomish County, the town of Oso, Washington is a small, close-knit, blue-collar community. Less than 300 people live in Oso, and none of them could have imagined the impact that the events of the morning of March 22, 2014 would have on their lives; or how it would bring the community together through tragedy. A nearby hillside...

Make-A-Wish hero saves the weekend

Make-A-Wish hero saves the weekend
Elizabeth City – The Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter banked hard, flying around the last reported location of the distressed swimmer. The eyes of the helicopter crew were glued to the water, searching for any sign of splashing or movement. The crew’s newest member, Isaac Simmons started pointing and yelling over the headset. “I see him! I see him,” shouted Simmons as he spotted...

A lesson in boating safety

A lesson in boating safety
After concluding a routine fishing venture June 3, 2014, Adam Gibson headed toward Port Mahon, Delaware. As he steered his 20-foot Sea Ray boat, which he has owned for the past five years, he overshot his route and did not have enough fuel to return to port. He was unable to call for help since he left his cellphone in his truck and did not own a VHF radio. He also did not have enough line to anchor...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy travels new waters of discovery

Coast Guard Cutter Healy travels new waters of discovery
SEWARD, Alaska — The name “Healy” carries a lot of history in Alaska and the Arctic. It was Capt. Michael “Roaring Mike” Healy who spent 20 years as judge, doctor and policeman to Alaskan natives as a member of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in the 19th century and traveled with renowned naturalist John Muir as part of an ambitious scientific program to introduce reindeer from Siberia into...

An Appel a day keeps the auditor away

An Appel a day keeps the auditor away
Settle – Underneath the clock in the sunny office overlooking downtown Seattle, a plain piece of paper hangs on the wall. In slanted font, a simple message: “Ask why and explain why. Articulation benefits the listener and the speaker.” This is the motto that Lt. Karen E. Appel, budget officer of the 13th Coast Guard District, lives by. “We spend a lot of time saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be...

Celebrating 75 years of Auxiliary in the Pacific Northwest

Celebrating 75 years of Auxiliary in the Pacific Northwest
Seattle – Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. During the holidays, people volunteer to ring little bells and collect money outside of stores because they want to help the poor. Children will volunteer their time at pet shelters because they love to be around animals. People will volunteer their time to a program or idea because it is something they believe in. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich,...

From school books to survival swimming; Sea Cadets train in Clearwater, Fla.

From school books to survival swimming; Sea Cadets train in Clearwater, Fla.
Story and photos by Seaman Meredith Manning Donning survival gear, learning the proper way to jump out of helicopters, taking a physical fitness test and sitting in the pilot seat of airplanes and helicopters is not what the average teenager does during summer vacation. However, for U.S. Navy Sea Cadet’s Suncoast Squadron and students of Pinellas Park High School’s First Responder Program, this...