Vacationing USCG Auxiliarists Perform Water Rescue in Canada

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ontario Canada Rideau Canal – At 12:50 PM on the last leg of their vacation with their wives, Auxiliarist Robert Conger II, alerted Auxiliarist Richard Bull, helmsmen of their 44 foot vessel, that he saw an orange and blue object in the canal channel ahead of them.

Article by Auxiliarist Mark Wirtz, Public Affairs Staff Officer

As they moved closer, Conger, utilizing his binoculars, saw a man in the water hanging on to a partially submerged orange 17 foot bass boat. Quickly, the two Auxiliarists utilized  the training they had received from the Coast Guard Auxiliary to initiate a rescue plan.

Conger readied the life ring to throw to the person in the water while Bull maneuvered the vessel between buoys and the submerged vessel in exceptionally forceful wind and current.  Their wives served as the communications relay between the Auxiliarists, gathered first aid materials, and documented the rescue information needed for Bull to radio to the Canadian Coast Guard.

Conger threw the life ring with accuracy and the rescue began.  Bull maneuvered their 44 foot vessel into position, turning off the engines at just the right moment, and rescued the person from the water. They then returned him to shore. This rescue effort required exceptional teamwork from all on board.

From the initial sighting, before the life ring was ever deployed, Bull executed a PAN-PAN call on VHF channel 16 to the Canadian Coast Guard who immediately responded. Bull stated that “The Canadian Coast Guard’s calm but directive assistance was continuous over the two way radio during the entire rescue.”

Bravo Zulu to Auxiliarists Richard Bull, Robert Conger II, and their wives.

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