Coast Guard Station Kings Point holds surprise cold weather survival training

NEW YORK – On December 10, 2009, crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Kings Point, NY set out on what they thought was their annual cold water survival training. Instead, they took part in a surprise 24 hour cold weather training exercise.

The crewmembers donned survival suits and swam 250-yards through the freezing waters of Long Island Sound to a deserted island with minimal food, water and had to create their own shelters from materials found on the island.

The course was designed to go beyond their basic Coast Guard training and teach them extended survival skills.

Coast Guard video production by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Schuhlein and Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson.

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