Coast Guard releases Top 10 videos of 2011, announces Video of the Year contest

Coast Guard Headquarters NewsWASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday the release of its Top 10 video compilation for 2011, highlighting the year’s most compelling cases from the work done every day by America’s Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard also announced its 2011 Video of the Year contest in which the public is invited to vote for their favorite video. The contest began Thursday, with voting open through Jan. 13, 2012. Starting last Thursday, and continuing through Dec. 31, the Coast Guard’s official blog, the Coast Guard Compass, will publish one of the Top 10 videos each day including commentary from a service member who participated in the mission.

Each day of the contest people may vote for their favorite videos by choosing “Like” on the Coast Guard’s Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2011 Videos of the Year playlist.

“The service of Coast Guard men and women is often out of sight of the public occurring offshore, at night or at the height of a ferocious storm at sea, so we are proud to show citizens our Top 10 videos that represent this work,” said Capt. Ron LaBrec, chief of Coast Guard public affairs. “We are part of the communities we serve throughout the country.  The Coast Guard has the ability to deploy military capability, law enforcement authority and life-saving expertise whenever and wherever needed to safeguard our nation and its citizens.”

The Top 10 video compilation includes:

  • The rescue of a man who was trapped on the rocks near the South Padre Island jetty, March 5 by a Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crew.
  • The rescue of a 77-year-old man and his dog from a disabled, adrift sailboat southwest of San Diego, March 2 by a helicopter crew from Air Station San Diego.
  • Coast Guard Crewmembers assisting Moody Garden’s Aquarium and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the release of eight endangered Kemp’s Ridley and two Loggerhead turtles into the Gulf of Mexico, July 14.
  • Crewmember training with Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, Mass., July 13.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake maintaining aids to navigation in the Puget Sound area.
  • The first Caribbean Sea interdiction of a cocaine smuggling, self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk Sept. 17.
  • The rescue by an aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point of a pilot who had to ditch his Cessna airplane in the ocean 13 miles northeast of the Big Island, Hawaii, Oct. 7.
  • The rescue of a family of four, including a six-month-old baby and a dog, from their disabled sailboat by Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews, March 20.
  • An Air Station Astoria rescue of an injured climber near the North Head Lighthouse outside Ilwaco, Wash., July 7.
  • Helicopter familiarity training for law enforcement canines, conducted with various law enforcement agencies in Alameda, Calif., May 24.

Video of each case, as well as the Top 10 video compilation, is available for viewing and download from the Coast Guard visual information site.

In 2011, the Coast Guard:

  • Responded to more than 22,000 search and rescue cases and saved more than 4,300 lives.
  • Screened more than 257,000 commercial vessels carrying 71 million crewmembers and passengers prior to arrival in U.S. ports.
  • Investigated 4,650 marine casualties, including two marine boards of investigation.
  • Seized more than 37,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 200,000 pounds of cocaine bound for the United States.
  • Conducted more than 11,000 inspections on U.S. vessels and 9,000 port state control safety and environmental exams on foreign vessels.
  • Interdicted more than 2,000 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States from the sea.

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