Coast Guard to show off boats, heroes and helicopter

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. – the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut and Coast Guard Rescue Boats are scheduled to be open for public tours Sunday, October 12, at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park.

There is also a planned search and rescue demonstration involving a Coast Guard rescue helicopter similar to the actual rescues the Coast Guard conducted in the Gulf region following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike last month. All of this is part of the annual Discover Marina del Rey Day festival.

Also as part of the festival, four crew members of the Cutter Halibut will receive Coast Guard Commendation Medals for their heroic efforts following a helicopter crash on Catalina Island in May of this year.

Public tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, an 87-foot cutter stationed at Marina Del Rey, and the Coast Guard rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The public is also invited to visit the Coast Guard exhibits at the southwest end of the park where they can obtain information about the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, environmental protection, boating safety and education classes.

The planned search and rescue demonstrations involving the Cutter Halibut, Coast Guard rescue boats, Baywatch Lifeguard boats and a Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles is schedule to begin at approximately 12:00 noon. Search and rescue demonstrations are always exciting to watch, they also enhance the rescue skills of Coast Guard men and women so they can remain the premier lifesaving force.

Marina del Rey is the largest artificial small-craft harbor in the world and can accommodate nearly 7,000 pleasure boats. Discover Marina del Rey Day is an annual event conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. It is a fun-filled family and community event showcasing a variety of exhibitor booths offering vital information on health, safety, and the environment.

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