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Video Release: Coast Guard aircrew hoists man from fishing boat 25 miles off Cape Ann, MA

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:21

Click on image to view and download hoist footage. 

BOSTON — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted a man Saturday from the fishing boat Golden Girl while 25 miles southeast of Cape Ann.

The captain of Golden Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders Saturday morning and reported a crewman aboard severely injured his hand and needed medical attention. 

The aircrew launched and arrived on scene at about 12:20 p.m. to medevac the man. After a successful hoist, the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Helicopter pilot Lt. Kyle Bertoluzzi said despite a low ceiling at takeoff, the skies cleared about halfway over Cape Cod Bay. He said the quick action of Golden's Girl's crew, flawless work by the flight mechanic, and teamwork by all helped this medevac go smoothly to get the injured man quickly into the care of doctors.  

 

Video Release: Coast Guard aircrew hoists man from fishing boat 25 miles off Cape Ann, MA

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:21

Click on image to view and download hoist footage. 

BOSTON — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted a man Saturday from the fishing boat Golden Girl while 25 miles southeast of Cape Ann.

The captain of Golden Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders Saturday morning and reported a crewman aboard severely injured his hand and needed medical attention. 

The aircrew launched and arrived on scene at about 12:20 p.m. to medevac the man. After a successful hoist, the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Helicopter pilot Lt. Kyle Bertoluzzi said despite a low ceiling at takeoff, the skies cleared about halfway over Cape Cod Bay. He said the quick action of Golden's Girl's crew, flawless work by the flight mechanic, and teamwork by all helped this medevac go smoothly to get the injured man quickly into the care of doctors.  

 

Video Release: Coast Guard aircrew hoists man from fishing boat 25 miles off Cape Ann, MA

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:21

Click on image to view and download hoist footage. 

BOSTON — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted a man Saturday from the fishing boat Golden Girl while 25 miles southeast of Cape Ann.

The captain of Golden Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders Saturday morning and reported a crewman aboard severely injured his hand and needed medical attention. 

The aircrew launched and arrived on scene at about 12:20 p.m. to medevac the man. After a successful hoist, the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Helicopter pilot Lt. Kyle Bertoluzzi said despite a low ceiling at takeoff, the skies cleared about halfway over Cape Cod Bay. He said the quick action of Golden's Girl's crew, flawless work by the flight mechanic, and teamwork by all helped this medevac go smoothly to get the injured man quickly into the care of doctors.  

 

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat takes on water

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:54
Editor's note: Click on photos for link to high resolution versions SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Saturday after their 30-foot boat took on water 3 miles west of Clearwater Pass.  At 11:15 a.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from the boaters stating their boat was taking on water, and they were in need of emergency assistance. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Sand Key was launched, arrived on scene and began to dewater the boat. After controlling the flooding, the Sand Key boat crew placed the 30-foot boat in tow and transported the boaters and the boat to Largo Intercoastal Marina. No injuries were reported. Pinellas County Fire and Rescue also responded and assisted in escorting the 30-foot boat to the dock.

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat takes on water

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:54
Editor's note: Click on photos for link to high resolution versions SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Saturday after their 30-foot boat took on water 3 miles west of Clearwater Pass.  At 11:15 a.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from the boaters stating their boat was taking on water, and they were in need of emergency assistance. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Sand Key was launched, arrived on scene and began to dewater the boat. After controlling the flooding, the Sand Key boat crew placed the 30-foot boat in tow and transported the boaters and the boat to Largo Intercoastal Marina. No injuries were reported. Pinellas County Fire and Rescue also responded and assisted in escorting the 30-foot boat to the dock.

Coast Guard establishes safety zones for Noyo River, Humboldt Bay, Crescent City Harbor

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 09:05

EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Noyo River Channel, Humboldt Bay and Crescent City Harbor entrances Saturday to promote the navigational safety of all vessels along the coast when extreme environmental conditions are present, which will extend through March 31. 

The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the affected areas during extreme environmental conditions, which is described as 20-foot breaking seas or as the Captain of the Port deems the area as unsafe for vessel transit.

Any vessel requesting permission to transit the safety zone during times of enforcement shall contact Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 443-2213 between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., or to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 839-6113 between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

NOYO RIVER ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Noyo River Entrance Channel as defined by the area contained seaward of the Line of Demarcation with northern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’41”N, 123°48’37”W and extending four nautical miles at bearing 290° T and southern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’38”N, 123°48’36”W and extending four nautical miles at 281° T, in Fort Bragg. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-feet breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

HUMBOLDT BAY ENTRANCE

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel to promote the navigational safety of all vessels near Humboldt Bay when extreme environmental conditions are present through March 31. The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel as a result of extreme environmental conditions.

CRESCENT CITY HARBOR ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Crescent City Harbor Entrance Channel, as defined by the area contained seaward of the line originating in approximate position 41°44’36”N, 124°11’18”W bearing 237°T and extending out to one nautical mile of the Line of Demarcation. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-foot breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

For more information on boating safety and required and recommended safety equipment, please visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information on weather conditions, please visit www.weather.gov.

Coast Guard establishes safety zones for Noyo River, Humboldt Bay, Crescent City Harbor

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 09:05

EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Noyo River Channel, Humboldt Bay and Crescent City Harbor entrances Saturday to promote the navigational safety of all vessels along the coast when extreme environmental conditions are present, which will extend through March 31. 

The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the affected areas during extreme environmental conditions, which is described as 20-foot breaking seas or as the Captain of the Port deems the area as unsafe for vessel transit.

Any vessel requesting permission to transit the safety zone during times of enforcement shall contact Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 443-2213 between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., or to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 839-6113 between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

NOYO RIVER ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Noyo River Entrance Channel as defined by the area contained seaward of the Line of Demarcation with northern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’41”N, 123°48’37”W and extending four nautical miles at bearing 290° T and southern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’38”N, 123°48’36”W and extending four nautical miles at 281° T, in Fort Bragg. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-feet breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

HUMBOLDT BAY ENTRANCE

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel to promote the navigational safety of all vessels near Humboldt Bay when extreme environmental conditions are present through March 31. The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel as a result of extreme environmental conditions.

CRESCENT CITY HARBOR ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Crescent City Harbor Entrance Channel, as defined by the area contained seaward of the line originating in approximate position 41°44’36”N, 124°11’18”W bearing 237°T and extending out to one nautical mile of the Line of Demarcation. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-foot breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

For more information on boating safety and required and recommended safety equipment, please visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information on weather conditions, please visit www.weather.gov.

UPDATE: Morro Bay Harbor entrance temporarily closed

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:18

LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port has temporarily closed the Morro Bay Harbor entrance due to hazardous bar conditions January 21, 2017.

The Captain of the Port issued a temporary safety zone, January 18, 2017 due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance.

This action is necessary to reduce significant hazards subject to the vessels, the harbor and the public during periods of poor weather conditions. The Coast Guard will energize the Morro Bay “Rough Bar Warning Light” to signify that rough bar conditions exist at the harbor’s entrance.

No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or her designated representative.

Enforcement of this safety zone will cease immediately upon conditions returning to safe levels. The general boating public will be notified of the enforcement of the temporary safety zone via a broadcast notice to mariners.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:  

  • Keep an eye on weather conditions to ascertain whether it is safe to be on the water.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water.
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.
  • Stay Informed - The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor progress through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel's destination and expected time of return.

For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information, you may contact the Los Angeles-Long Beach command duty officer via VHF radio or at 310-521-3801.

UPDATE: Morro Bay Harbor entrance temporarily closed

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:18

LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port has temporarily closed the Morro Bay Harbor entrance due to hazardous bar conditions January 21, 2017.

The Captain of the Port issued a temporary safety zone, January 18, 2017 due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance.

This action is necessary to reduce significant hazards subject to the vessels, the harbor and the public during periods of poor weather conditions. The Coast Guard will energize the Morro Bay “Rough Bar Warning Light” to signify that rough bar conditions exist at the harbor’s entrance.

No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or her designated representative.

Enforcement of this safety zone will cease immediately upon conditions returning to safe levels. The general boating public will be notified of the enforcement of the temporary safety zone via a broadcast notice to mariners.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:  

  • Keep an eye on weather conditions to ascertain whether it is safe to be on the water.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water.
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.
  • Stay Informed - The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor progress through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel's destination and expected time of return.

For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information, you may contact the Los Angeles-Long Beach command duty officer via VHF radio or at 310-521-3801.

Photo Release: Coast Guard, local agencies patrol during inauguration

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:48

WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Friday. 

Crews from Coast Guard Station Washington and Coast Guard Cutter Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District. 

For more information about the security zones the Coast Guard is enforcing, click here.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Photo Release: Coast Guard, local agencies patrol during inauguration

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:48

WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Friday. 

Crews from Coast Guard Station Washington and Coast Guard Cutter Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District. 

For more information about the security zones the Coast Guard is enforcing, click here.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Update: Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:08

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard towed a disabled vessel to shore that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday.

At approximately 11:05 p.m. a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle completed the tow of a disabled 43-foot sailing vessel from Terrebonne Bay to Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. that the sailing vessel was disabled and taking on water.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle to assist the vessel.

Update: Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:08

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard towed a disabled vessel to shore that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday.

At approximately 11:05 p.m. a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle completed the tow of a disabled 43-foot sailing vessel from Terrebonne Bay to Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. that the sailing vessel was disabled and taking on water.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle to assist the vessel.

Photo Release: Coast Guard, law enforcement agencies provide security for inauguration

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:36

WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Thursday. 

Crews from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams New York and San Diego and Coast Guard Cutters Chock and Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District. 

For more information about the security zones the Coast Guard is enforcing, click here.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Photo Release: Coast Guard, law enforcement agencies provide security for inauguration

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:36

WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Thursday. 

Crews from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams New York and San Diego and Coast Guard Cutters Chock and Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District. 

For more information about the security zones the Coast Guard is enforcing, click here.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:49

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is towing a vessel that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. from the crew of a 43-foot sailing vessel that their vessel was disabled and taking on water in Terrebonne Bay.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle to assist the vessel.

The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 4:16 p.m. and the boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 5:25 p.m.

The boat crew reported that the crew of the sailing vessel had stopped the flooding, and their vessel was no longer taking on water.

The Coast Guard boat crew placed the sailing vessel in tow at 6:17 p.m.

At 6:18 p.m. the sailing vessel began taking on water again and its crew secured the flooding.

The Coast Guard boat crew is currently towing the vessel to land.

There were no reported medical concerns.

 

Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:49

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is towing a vessel that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. from the crew of a 43-foot sailing vessel that their vessel was disabled and taking on water in Terrebonne Bay.

Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle to assist the vessel.

The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 4:16 p.m. and the boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 5:25 p.m.

The boat crew reported that the crew of the sailing vessel had stopped the flooding, and their vessel was no longer taking on water.

The Coast Guard boat crew placed the sailing vessel in tow at 6:17 p.m.

At 6:18 p.m. the sailing vessel began taking on water again and its crew secured the flooding.

The Coast Guard boat crew is currently towing the vessel to land.

There were no reported medical concerns.

 

Coast Guard coordinates rescue of 6 near Bermuda

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:36

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders with the 5th Coast Guard District in Portsmouth coordinated the rescue of six sailors from a catamaran approximately 275 miles southwest of Bermuda, Thursday. 

The watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert and notification from the Rescue Coordination Center in Bermuda that the 75-foot catamaran Ninah, with six people aboard, had reportedly been struck by a rogue wave early this morning and was taking on water.

The watchstanders directed the launch of an airplane crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and diverted the crew of the motor vessel Hercules Leader, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), to the catamaran’s location.

The six sailors abandoned their sinking vessel and were rescued from their life raft by the crew of the Hercules Leader. The sailors will be taken to Bermuda.

“The crew of the Ninah were well prepared for their voyage and had a plethora of safety and emergency equipment aboard their vessel,” said Brian Neilan, an operations unit leader with the 5th District command center. “Their preparation, along with the invaluable assistance from the crew of the AMVER vessel Hercules Leader, contributed to their rescue today.”

Coast Guard coordinates rescue of 6 near Bermuda

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:36

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders with the 5th Coast Guard District in Portsmouth coordinated the rescue of six sailors from a catamaran approximately 275 miles southwest of Bermuda, Thursday. 

The watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert and notification from the Rescue Coordination Center in Bermuda that the 75-foot catamaran Ninah, with six people aboard, had reportedly been struck by a rogue wave early this morning and was taking on water.

The watchstanders directed the launch of an airplane crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and diverted the crew of the motor vessel Hercules Leader, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), to the catamaran’s location.

The six sailors abandoned their sinking vessel and were rescued from their life raft by the crew of the Hercules Leader. The sailors will be taken to Bermuda.

“The crew of the Ninah were well prepared for their voyage and had a plethora of safety and emergency equipment aboard their vessel,” said Brian Neilan, an operations unit leader with the 5th District command center. “Their preparation, along with the invaluable assistance from the crew of the AMVER vessel Hercules Leader, contributed to their rescue today.”

Feature Release: Return to Panama Canal unlocks memories of Boston-based Coast Guardsman’s youth

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:00

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

On the 20th anniversary of his childhood departure from Panama, Coast Guard Petty Officer Luis Perez found himself in a familiar but immensely faraway place.

When he was five years old, Perez moved with his family from Puerto Rico to Panama where his father was a contractor at Howard Air Force Base. His family lived in Panama City, where Perez would often watch lights shining in the distance from the long line of ships waiting to transit the canal.

Little did Perez know, exactly twenty years later to the day, he would be on a ship crossing the canal – as a crewmember aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer.

Perez was 10 years old in January of 1997 when his family departed Panama and moved to the United States.

When he was old enough, Perez enlisted in the Coast Guard as a reservist where he served at Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg while he attended college.

“I joined the Coast Guard because I wanted to be part of a service with missions I am passionate about and directly serves the American people,” said Perez.

Upon graduating with his bachelor’s degree in history, Perez accepted temporary active duty orders to the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, in South Carolina, where he served for three and a half years.

From there, Perez went on to provide support to units at the Special Missions Training Center in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and then at Port Security Unit 309, a rapid deployment force based in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Recently, Perez was offered the opportunity to integrate into full active duty and he seized the opportunity by accepting orders aboard the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Spencer.

As a member of the support team aboard Spencer, Perez plays an important behind-the-scenes role. He is an expert in coordinating financial logistics and making certain the cutter maintains necessary supplies and services to carry out Spencer’s missions, which include law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and homeland security.

“I chose to be a storekeeper because it's a career that allows me to diversify on a number of career paths. It also provides me the opportunity to assist all other rates with logistical support to get the mission done,” Perez said.

Perez is also a qualified boarding team member and serves as a Spanish translator for migrant interdiction and non-compliant vessel pursuit operations.

The Spencer’s captain, Cmdr. Peter Niles, said Coast Guardsman like Petty Officer Perez is what makes the service so great.

Going through the Panama Canal is a bucket-list item for a lot of people, but seeing the transit though Perez’s eyes, after learning his history, made the crew proud to have him as a shipmate.

“It is easy to forget we are a melting pot of society, if we all take an extra moment to learn more about our shipmates, something not Coast Guard related, we see just how diverse and remarkable we all are as individuals, as we did with Petty Officer Perez’s story of perseverance,” Niles said.

When he looks into his future, Perez sees himself serving in the Coast Guard for years to come. He plans to eventually couple his life and service experience with his history degree to become a teacher.

“Had it not been for the Coast Guard, I would have not been able to return to the canal – a journey very few in this world can take,” he said. “Had it not been for living in Panama as a child, I would have not been so bold to take risks and embark in adventures like I have had in the Coast Guard.”

The day he went back to Panama, Perez saw his past and present come together, and said it is his Coast Guard experiences and memories of Panama that will guide him into future endeavors.

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