Fins in the water

Fins in the water
Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Thigpen (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn “I took the injured woman first,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Thigpen, an aviation survival technician (AST) at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (ASEC), North Carolina. “We were doing fast-basket recoveries to the helicopter, but I had...

Rescue swimmer medevacs possible heart attack victim for his first rescue

Rescue swimmer medevacs possible heart attack victim for his first rescue
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard rescue swimmer performed his first rescue Monday, medevacing a crewmember in critical condition from a tanker in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 30 miles off the Matagorda Jetties. “Because he was unconscious at the time, we had to use our rescue litter, which is a specially designed stretcher we are able to hoist with using the helicopter,” said Petty...

Haitian baby born on Coast Guard Cutter with help of ship and helicopter crews

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – An Air Station Clearwater, Fla., helicopter crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma assisted in the delivery of a male Haitian baby on the cutter Saturday afternoon.

First female Coast Guard rescue swimmer retires

SEATTLE — The first female Coast Guard rescue swimmer retired after more than 25 years of distinguished Coast Guard service Monday.

Video – The Beginning of the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Program

Retired Chief Warrant Officer George Hathaway speaks about the early days of the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program during the mid 1980’s and describes his first case in Alaska.

U.S. Coast Guard assists Canadian Coast Guard in rescue

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Sitka, Alaska, checks on the condition of two men aboard an 18-foot recreational vessel in Portland Inlet, Canada, Friday. Air Station Sitka responded to a request for assitance from the Canadian Coast Guard. The two men were midly hypothermic. The Coast Guard rescue swimmer remained with the men until Canadian Coast Guard assets...

Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Responds to Rafting Accident on Smith River

McKinleyville, Calif. – Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay received a report of three people in the water on the Smith River, east of Crescent City, Calif. At approximately 3 p.m. today.

Video – Rescue Training in Hawaii

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer training in Hawaii.