Auxiliary promotes NSBW with a Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Drill

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Clearwater jumps free of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to rescue the "practice dummy" at lower left. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Constance O. Irvin

Auxiliarist John Gaston intently watches the MH-60J helicopter get into position to drop the rescue swimmer. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Constance O. Irvin

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.─In the middle of National Safe Boating Week, May 23, 2012, an MH-60 Jayhawk Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Clearwater swooped down over the turquoise waters of the Gulf and within moments, a rescue swimmer jumped out of the open door.

Article by Constance O. Irvin, USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer

The rescue swimmer was intent on saving a “practice dummy” to bring attention to the public that boating safely and wearing lifejackets could be a matter of life or death.

The rescue is almost completed, as the rescue swimmer and "Oscar" are hoisted up to the USCG helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by Constance O. Irvin.



Dozens of people on-shore witnessed the dramatic practice sessions while Coast Guard and Auxiliary members stood by on surface vessels to monitor the event.  On board an Auxiliary facility, a local television crew recorded the rescue operation which was later telecast to Southwest Florida viewers.  This National Safe Boating Week demonstration successfully brought home the message that Safe Boating is No Accident and that Lifejackets Save Lives.

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  1. Lawrence E Urbanek says:

    It would have been nice to credit the Flotilla (96) for this.

  2. Pierce, Carl VFC/IPFC says:

    Question, how could Flotilla 39 Redding, CA get its rescue training with Humboldt Air Station, Eurake, CA? Please let me know I can send pictures and a article covering the event.


    Carl Pierce, VFC/IPFC

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