Reservist

ISS1 2016

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Station Gloucester Reservists Answer the Bell Reservists from Coast Guard Station Gloucester responded to two Search and Rescue cases that resulted in lives saved and property protected. On July 24th Station Gloucester was notified of a vessel on fire near the Cape Ann Marina. A 29' small boat, manned by a Reserve crew, launched from the station. Prior to the Coast Guard's arrival, the occupants of the boat had jumped overboard and were recovered by a passing boater. As the CG vessel approached the scene the crew observed a large column of smoke. They found a 20' vessel in fully involved fire. The wind was blowing the burning vessel towards the busy marina. As the crew prepared the firefighting gear, employees were evacuating the marina and adjacent restaurant. BM1 Steven Grant, the coxswain and Lieutenant on the Beverly Fire Department, recognized the dangerous situation. He used the bow of the 29' to push the flaming vessel clear of the marina where the winds pushed it onto some flats. Despite the efforts of the crew and the Gloucester Police Boat the vessel burned to the waterline. The occupants were transported to the hospital for treatment of second degree burns. In addition to BM1 Grant the 29' crew included BM1 Ryan Schmitt, BM1 Gary Baker, MK2 David Patnaude and MK2 Ian Emmott. The next day the Gloucester's 29' and 47' Motor Life Boat were on station to monitor the Blackburn Challenge, an event in which paddle boarders, kayakers and mariners on outrigger canoes attempt to circumnavigate Cape Ann. When the contestants departed the Annisquam River they were met by 4 to 6 foot seas. The seas resulted in many overturned vessels with multiple reports of people in the water. The 29' manned by station reservist and the 47' with a mixed crew responded and pulled 14 people to safety. Some were suffering mild hypothermia and many were not wearing life jackets. The Reserve crew on the 29' included BM1 Brian Steinmuller (coxswain), BM1 Schmitt, MK2 Ian Emmott, MK2 David Patnaude, and BM2 Andrew Leblanc. BM1 Grant was part of the 47' crew. — Submitted by BMCM Jonathan Graham, Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor East and West Coast Reservists Get Trashy On Saturday, September 19th, 2015, reservists 3,000 miles apart participated in the 30th Anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup Day events. The cleanup is the world's largest volunteer effort, bringing together more than 500,000 volunteers from more than 90 countries to clean up waterways and the ocean. Several reservists assigned to the Sector San Francisco Prevention Department supported the International Coastal Cleanup Day event. Meanwhile, reservists from Sector Jacksonville, Fla., volunteered with Hands on Jacksonville's International Coastal Cleanup 30th Anniversary event at the Joe Carlucci Sister's Creek boat ramp. About a dozen reservists and volunteers walked the shoreline collecting trash. In all, over 16 large garbage bags were filled with bottles, cans, disposable diapers and other garbage left by beach goers. Hands on Jacksonville estimates over 650 lbs of trash was collected. MST 1 Jeanne Laxton helped organize the Florida event between the two groups. "It was a great way to show the public that we care about the local community, a great team building exercise, and great for the environment." said Laxton. MST 2 Brad Finch also helped with the clean up and says that at first glance the shoreline can be deceiving. "Unless you really start looking you don't realize how much trash is on the beach," said Finch. "We definitely need to raise the awareness about not polluting the environment." By lending a hand and getting involved, these east and west coast reservists may have just done that. Sector San Francisco reservists and some of the trash they collected at San Francisco's Candlestick Point: Standing (L-R), MST1 alexis Roschitsch-Przeszlowski, MST3 emeri Cejka, MST1 Kylie Byrd, MST3 Jose Macias, Lt. Craig nowakowski, MSTC Robert duncan, Lt. eric Marfull, Lt. Jeffrey Lamont, MST3 elliot Cavanaugh and MSTC ayla Benavides (kneeling). Issue 1 • 2016 � RESERVIST 9

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