This past holiday weekend was no vacation for the men and women who serve in the Coast Guard.
Hermine presented some tricky challenges, but fortunately the guardsmen and women made sure everyone in Connecticut water stayed safe.
Coast Guard Commander Andrew Ely said boaters need to do at least two things when they go out on the water…wear a life jacket, and be ready to call the Coast Guard if they have any problems.
Fortunately most people followed that advice this weekend, which helped the Coast Guard protect Connecticut boaters.
At the New Haven sector, they patrol about 26,000 nautical miles, so they're always busy, but this past holiday weekend presented some serious issues.
The New Haven sector went out on 14 search-and-rescues, and the New London sector even saved three people who had been dumped out of a catamaran.
The number of search-and-rescues was not crazy for a holiday weekend...because the conditions were dangerous, many boaters stayed off the water during Hermine.
Ely said crews mostly had to deal with the impact of the wind throughout the weekend.
“It can definitely get hectic in the summer months. We have all the wrecked boaters out, in addition to the commercial fleet, the radio traffic can definitely be overwhelming but you just have to take it as it comes,” said Second Class Petty Officer Brian Fletcher.
We always see the men and women in the Coast Guard on boats, but Commander Ely said there are always at least four people monitoring the waters from the command center.
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