Coast Guardsmen converge in Hawaii for heavy weather training

Coast Guardsmen converge in Hawaii for heavy weather training
HONOLULU – Two weeks of intensive heavy weather search and rescue training will complete Friday, after personnel from throughout the Pacific gathered at Coast Guard Station Honolulu for a series of unique skill enhancement evolutions. Instructors from the Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School, in Ilwaco, Wash., chose Hawaii for the consistently challenging offshore sea conditions as well as...

Lifesaving professionals increase efficiency at ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’

Lifesaving professionals increase efficiency at ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’
by Fireman Loumania Stewart ILWACO, Wash. — The Columbia River entrance, located on the Pacific Coast on the border of Oregon and Washington State, is widely known as one of the most dangerous river bars in the world. The area is often referred to as “The Graveyard of the Pacific” due to all the shipwrecks and lives lost there. Strategically situated near the river’s entrance in Ilwaco are...

Beyond borders, a partnership in lifesaving education

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn ILWACO, Wash. — If you’re near the coast on a stormy day and have a decent view of the open ocean, you might pause for a moment to watch the surf smash against the rocks or break upon the sand. From the safety of a heated vehicle idling at a beach or state park parking lot, many of us have sat comfortably mesmerized by the tumultuous frenzy created when...

Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., transfers command

ASTORIA, Ore. – Chief Warrant Officer Christopher L. Smasne relieved Chief Warrant Officer Michael C. Russell of command of U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. The ceremony was held at the U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School, located at 433 Coast Guard Road, Ilwaco, Wash. Russell assumed command...

National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., to transfer command

ASTORIA, Ore. – Chief Warrant Officer Christopher L. Smasne will relieve Chief Warrant Officer Michael C. Russell of command of U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., during a change-of-command ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School, located at 433 Coast Guard Road, Ilwaco, Wash. Russell...