On the water and in distress? Use your VHF, not your cell

On the water and in distress? Use your VHF, not your cell
New technology, better range and reliability can mean the difference between life and death Story by Petty Officer 1st Class John D. Miller Greg Arlotta’s voice turned grim as the boat beneath him slipped below the 37-degree waters of the Delaware Bay in the early morning darkness of Dec. 23, 2010. “When this [cell] phone gets wet, I’m dead,” Arlotta told a 911 operator in the Sussex County,...

Coast Guard rescuers receive award as grateful rescuee looks on

Story and photos by Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Dec. 23, 2010 is a day Petty Officer 3rd Class John Opsal will remember the rest of his life. As an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., Opsal trains to save people in distress everyday. But on this day, two days before Christmas, he was able to put that training into practice...

Coast Guard crews to receive recognition in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

USCG file photo EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Coast Guard Rear Adm. William “Dean” Lee, 5th District commander, and Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Dykema, 5th District command master chief, are scheduled to formally recognize members from local Coast Guard units for their role in the rescue of a man seven miles south of Cape May, during a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday at Coast...

Coast Guard rescues 2 people in Delaware Bay

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued two people today aboard a 23-foot boat taking on water near the 14-foot Bank Light in Delaware Bay near the Maurice River. The Coast Guard received a call at 3:14 p.m. from a crewman aboard the Sea Wolf reporting they were taking on water and needed assistance. Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Cape May, N.J., Fortescue, N.J., and the New...