Cutter Roanoke Island participates in two community education events

KODIAK, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island participated in the education of students from Voznesenka and Seldovia area schools in boating safety, Coast Guard operations, and career opportunities in Homer and Seldovia Wednesday and Friday.

Crewmen from the cutter along with 2nd Class Cadet Anthony Foss, from the Coast Guard Academy, worked with more than 100 students from the Voznesenka School at the Homer small boat harbor boat ramp Wednesday. The crewmembers demonstrated dewatering techniques with pumps, proper survival suit donning, flare safety and deployment, commercial fishing vessel safety requirements, and how Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons function. A highlight of the training included the actual deployment of five parachute flares.

The cutter and crew traveled to Seldovia in support of the community’s annual career day Friday. Five local schools attended the event. Roanoke Island crewmen and Foss discussed career opportunities, Coast Guard operations, and ways to enter the service. Completing his summer cruise in Homer as part of his education, Foss was able to offer a perspective of the demands and life at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The crew worked along side Marine Corps recruiters and Kenai law enforcement and probation personnel during the event.

As a thank you to the presenters, the school prepared a meal that also provided additional opportunities for the cutter’s crew to interact with both students and faculty. During the career presentations the cutter hosted and provided tours of the ship to more than 30 children from kindergarten through sixth grade and 10 adult chaperones aboard the ship.

The highlight of the tours on Friday included the 25-mm gun as well as “honking” the ship’s whistle. After the tour the Lt. Cmdr. Eric Helgen, commanding officer of the Roanoke Island, handed out stickers with the ship’s crest.

The 110-foot Island Class patrol boat Roanoke Island is well known in the Homer and Kachemak Bay communities for saving and assisting mariners in distress.

Photos of the events can be seen at the Coast Guard News Facebook page.

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