Coast Guard to conduct survival training at Torrance Beach

LOS ANGELES, – Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles will be conducting their annual survival training, Thursday, at 9 a.m. at Torrance Beach, Calif.

It is not by accident that the U.S. Coast Guard is a premier life saving agency; it is part of the culture of being Guardians.

To the stranded sailor at sea trying to stay afloat – who hears the familiar and distinctive sound of a Coast Guard Dolphin HH-65C rescue helicopter in the distance and then in the corner of his eye he sees a bright orange object getting bigger until it is hovering overhead – it means he might live to sail another day.

Coast Guard men and women train every day so that they will be ready. Part of being a Guardian also means being ready to save themselves and their shipmates if the unthinkable happens. Coast Guard helicopter air crews, which include pilots and flight mechanics, are required to conduct annual “wet drills.” This annual training allows the helicopter crews the opportunity to experience conditions similar to what is encountered in a survival situation at sea.

Crew members will start the drill by entering the approximately 65-degree water in the protective suits and harnesses they routinely fly in. They will swim 100 yards to a 6-person life raft and receive training in survival techniques.

Training will be given on flares and other signaling devices, and they will be used for practice. Approximately 20 pilots and 40 flight mechanics will participate in the training conducted by the helicopter rescue-swimmers.

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