Coast Guard Conducts Search and Rescue Exercise in Guam

HAGATNA, GUAM — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam and several search and rescue partner agencies are to conduct an extensive exercise testing response capabilities starting Dec. 13.

The search and rescue exercise will be used to develop the Search and Rescue Group Guam’s coordinated response to a scenario wherein tourists are pulled out to sea by strong ocean rip currents on the eastern side of the island.

Joining the Coast Guard for the exercise are officials from the Guam Fire and Police Departments, Tumon Bay Guam Lifeguards, Andersen Air Force Base Fire Department and the U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25).

Officials from all involved agencies conducted terrain familiarization training for dispatch and command center personnel Dec. 12. The training sessions focused on beach access points, local terms and names and previous maritime incidents and accidents that occurred on the eastern side of Guam — from the “1,000 Steps” area to Merizo.

The Coast Guard conducts search and rescue exercises at least four times a year to help ensure coordinated response and communication to maritime emergencies.

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