Coast Guard participates in multi-agency search and rescue exercise

Coast Guard District 8 NewsPANAMA CITY, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard participated in a joint search and rescue exercise at the Panama City Marina, Friday.

Other participating agencies included Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Panama City Fire Rescue, Panama City Police Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Coast Guard assets used in the exercise included the following:

  • A 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat and crew from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Panama City;
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard Station Panama City;
  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.


“The exercise was just part of our on-going training,” said Anne Del Bello, Immediate Past Flotilla Commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14 from Destin, Fla. “The more we train, the more automatic it becomes, the more effective we can be when we need to implement that training. The exercise was a good way of demonstrating how we work with other agencies.”

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