Ice. Freezing temperatures. Blinding conditions. These are hostile environments to perform the Coast Guard’s missions, but for the men and women of the Great Lakes, it just comes with the territory. A Coast Guard Station Marblehead airboat crew faced these very conditions as they hit the ice to rescue stranded and disoriented fishermen on Lake Erie. The conditions were certainly not ideal, but by day’s end, the airboat crew would ensure 22 fishermen had made it off the ice.Well Done! to Coast Guardsmen Airboat coxswain Petty Officer 2nd Class James Hassinger and his crew of Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Penny, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Woodring and Seaman David Contreras.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"Shipmate of the Week," a special airboat ice rescue crew gets noticed: