Coast Guard Cutter Assists In Return Of Firefighters

SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb transported the first group of California inmates back to the mainland today, after the inmates helped battle the wildfires on the island this past week.

The cutter will be making another trip to the island this afternoon, tomorrow and Wednesday to transport the rest of the inmates. The total number of inmates that were on the island is close to 300.

The Cobb left Terminal Island this morning at 8:00 a.m. to pickup the inmates. The inmates are from minimum-security prisons around the Los Angeles area and have been trained in firefighting techniques.

“I am glad we are able to assist with this and will do what we can,” said LT Shawn Decker, the commanding officer of the Cobb.

As each prisoner stepped aboard the cutter he was handed a life jacket by one of the Cobb’s crewmembers. They were then directed to have a seat on the buoy deck during the ride back to San Pedro.

The Cutter Cobb transported an Incident Management Crew Thursday during the initial surge to get people and supplies to the island fire. The cutter then stood by offshore while the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip, an 87-foot patrol boat, enforced a security zone near the beach where the Navy offloaded supplies.

The George Cobb is homeported on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif.

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