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Behind the scenes: CG search and rescue

• Dec 13, 2016 at 5:00 PM

A lot goes on during a U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue event, and a recent post on the service’s official “Compass” blog takes you behind the scenes of one command center.

Posted by PA2 Connie Terrell, the story begins with a call of three persons in the water in the vicinity of Great Point Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts.

“Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Anderson sat in the center of his desk and manned a four-monitor computer station, concern for the three distressed people in the water off Nantucket, Massachusetts, showed on his face. He bent over the radio microphone making sure his voice came through loud and clear. After a long silence, a voice answered. Anderson, an operations specialist in the command center at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, breathed a sigh of relief.

“The crew of nearby vessel, Lisa B, saw the three people in the water off Great Point and was preparing to save them.”

The Woods Hole command center is run by four people on a 12-hour duty shift. This blog post runs down their stressful jobs.

Read the complete post: “Behind the scenes of Coast Guard search and rescue.”

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