Hurricane Irene tests air crews in the birthplace of American SAR

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler. In 1786, a group of visionaries gathered at a Boston tavern with the shared goal of reducing the loss of life at sea. America’s first maritime lifesaving service was born of their initiative, called the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The practices of this agency were used in the creation of the federalized U.S. Life Saving Service,...

Three crewmembers aboard downed helicopter return from Utah

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Family and friends welcomed home Coast Guard crewmembers Saturday at Air Station Elizabeth City. Three of the men that were aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter that went down near Salt Lake City return to their home base aboard an HC-130J Hercules aircraft.