ISS3 2017

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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Rese R vist Magazine aR ound the Rese R ve All-Reserve crew from Station Mayport rescues two The night of April 3, an all-reserve crew from Station Mayport, Fla., saved two fishermen from a 73-foot-long sinking shrimp boat. After losing its anchor in the rough seas, the fishing vessel Privateer was pushed against the St. John's River entrance jetty in Mayport. The crew, which had been out doing training, was on scene in 10 minutes. "The best thing to do was put our boat along their boat and to get them to come off," Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Bamberski told the local news. "We knew at that point the boat was sinking, and there was nothing more we can do besides get them off and to safety." Despite 20-knot winds, the fishermen were unhurt, and were returned to their families who were waiting on the pier at the station. "Adrenaline was definitely pumping, but your training kicks in," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Carroll. "We were trained to that job." Then-Commanding Officer CWO Nicholas Pavlik said the evacuation of the two fishermen took "quite a bit of seamanship and skill at the helm to navigate through a debris field, at night, under cables and nets in four- to six-foot seas." At the same time, the reserve machinery technicians worked alongside the active engineers until 3 a.m. the next morning to repair the station's 45-foot Response Boat Medium (RB-M) after the starboard jacket water pump was found to be leaking coolant. "It was one heck of night for the Station Mayport Reserve force," said Pavlik, who has since transferred to the west coast. "They knocked it out of the park and far exceeded my expectations, underscoring the significant process we have made since putting augmentation at the forefront." For more: guard-rescues-two-from-shrimp-boat-near-mayport/508837581 — Submitted by CWO Nicholas M. Pavlik 8 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2017

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