Coast Guard hosts safety day in North Carolina

5th Coast Guard District NewsOAK ISLAND, N.C. — The Coast Guard hosted its 7th annual Expo and Safety Day here, highlighting partnerships with local emergency responders.

The day’s events consisted of a helicopter display, games for children, a drug dog display, a Jaws of Life display and a Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The event’s aim is to educate children and the boating community about the importance of wearing a life jacket and being safe while on the water.

“This morning we were a little nervous. We had a lot of cloud cover, and some of our helicopters were unable to attend because of the high fog,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonard Posluszny, who coordinated the event. “Around twelve o’clock it started to all burn off … We accounted for six hundred and twenty nine visitors coming through the gate, and probably another two hundred and fifty personnel were here with their different assets as our exhibitors. So all in all it turned out to be a really good day.”

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