(Mel Manning and Greg Gamache set up and operate a dewatering pump in less than 60 seconds.
Congratulations were warmly received as the Search and Rescue team from the Clearwater Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary returned from Portsmouth, VA after participating in the 2006 International Search and Rescue (ISAR) competition The team brought home the Silver award for the American competition and the Bronze award overall. The event occurs every year between the United States and Canada.
Greg Gamache, Mel Manning, John Keyes and Karen Miller took the second place out of six American teams and third place among twelve international teams. The teams competed on October 27-28, 2006 before active duty Coast Guard judges from as far away as Yellowknife, Labrador, San Francisco and Boston.
The teams had to excel in a variety of Search and Rescue related activities including life ring and heaving line throwing, Search and Rescue planning and execution, emergency communications, damage control, knot tying and line splicing, and dewatering pump operation. There were also two mystery events that combined Search and Rescue skills with fun activities.
The Clearwater team has been training for over a year at U.S. Coast Guard Station Sand Key. Local mariners who see Auxiliarists on patrol should feel confident in knowing some of the best responders in North America are looking out for their safety and wellbeing.
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