Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor to host 6th Annual Safe Boating Expo

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew High, an aviation survival technician stationed at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., watches on as an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles prepares to deploy a rescue basket during training operations off the coast of Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 3. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cory J. Mendenhall.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR, Calif.- Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor will host the 6th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Safe Boating Expo, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is open to the public and will feature rescue demonstrations, boat tours, and hands-on exhibits.

The expo will feature:

  • Helicopter, fire, and man overboard rescue demonstrations by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Rescue, Ventura County Fire Department, Oxnard Fire and Police Rescue, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, and the Coast Guard.
  • Rides and tours onboard a Coast Guard 41-foot utility boat and the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip, an 87-foot patrol boat.
  • Safety demonstrations of fire extinguishers, flares, water damage control, life jackets, and first aid.
  • Free flare inspections and disposal by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.
  • Free vessels safety examinations at the Channel Island Public Boat ramp.
  • Information booths and displays by multiple agencies to include Channel Islands National Park, the Red Cross, Navy Sea Cadets, Vessel Assist Ventura, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Service.

Station Channel Islands Harbor is located at 4201 S. Victoria Ave in Oxnard, Calif.  For additional information about the expo please contact (800) 704-5620 or (805) 382-3007.

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