Thursday, May 26, 2011

Where Would We Be Without The Coast Guard.

by Robert L. Gisel

 In Alaska you have to appreciate the Coast Guard for all they do, as without them there would be a higher mortality rate in a land already dangerous to the limits. There is no AAA Club Premier service when you are stuck in a crevasse on the glacier or your boat is threatening to sink at Gambier Bay. At times like these who you gonna call?

 To me the Coast Guard is its rescue function. The new emphasis on border patrol and illegal crossings is unfortunate. It is like telling the fire department to keep their eyes out for drugs. I can't think of a more appropriate place to have the air and sea mobile assistance of the CG than in Southeast Alaska.

USCG Rush in Juneau.
 As one Rear Adm moves on another takes the helm for the division that covers the Pacific. The change of command warrants a celebration visit by the USCG RUSH. Nice ship but mostly too much for the Inside Passage. For the Gulf of Alaska though, based out of Kodiak, this vessel could really be utilized. It looks like it will be more broadly used as it says in their website. "every part of the Pacific Ocean as well as to the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea". That means they could be anywhere from Nome to Guam when you make that call for assistance.

 Somehow they always seem to be around to trump the adventure in Alaska.

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