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Rescued sailors share their experience with Coast Guard

Lt. Max Seda and Petty Officer 1st Class Stacie Hudson, search and rescue coordinators in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu, provide an overview of the James' family rescue coordinated by the Coast Guard Feb. 15, 2012 at the Prince Kuhio Jonah Kalanioniolai Federal Building. The James family recounted their experience during the rescue and provided feedback on the Coast Guard response in an effort to improve the search and rescue process. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson.

Lt. Max Seda and Petty Officer 1st Class Stacie Hudson, search and rescue coordinators in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu, provide an overview of the James' family rescue coordinated by the Coast Guard Feb. 15, 2012 at the Prince Kuhio Jonah Kalanioniolai Federal Building. The James family recounted their experience during the rescue and provided feedback on the Coast Guard response in an effort to improve the search and rescue process. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson.

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HONOLULU – A Canadian family rescued after their sailboat sunk during a voyage from Mexico to Hawaii, met with Coast Guardsmen to discuss lessons learned from the recent rescue in an effort to improve the search and rescue process Wednesday (Feb 15).

The three survivors and other members of their family met with Coast Guard watchstanders from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building. Watcstanders briefed the survivors and family on the Coast Guard process of conducting a search and rescue. Watchstanders explained how they were able to coordinate the rescue by diverting the Horizon Reliance, an 800-foot container ship that is part of the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System.

The Coast Guard asked the survivors and family to explain any aspects of the Coast Guard rescue they felt could be improved.

“It is important for us to review the details of each search and rescue case to identify areas of improvement, which could be of benefit for conducting future rescues,” said Lt. Max Seda, a search and rescue coordinator in JRCC Honolulu. “These types of interactions give us a unique opportunity to examine our process from the survivor’s perspective, which can improve our ability to save lives at sea.”

Each of the family members was wearing a lifejacket. The Coast Guard contributes their wearing of lifejackets as a major factor to their survival. The Coast Guard recommends all mariners wear a properly fitted, Coast Guard approved lifejacket.

The Coast Guard also recommends mariners register, maintain and carry an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon aboard their vessels.

For more information visit the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at 808-535-3230.

This map depicts the course the James family members took along their voyage before their Feb. 8 rescue. The voyage took the three-man crew from Mexico to approximately 300 miles northeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The boat became disabled while in rough seas. The crew called the Coast Guard, who coordinated the rescue with the Horizon Reliance cargo vessel, registered to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

This map depicts the course the James family members took along their voyage before their Feb. 8 rescue. The voyage took the three-man crew from Mexico to approximately 300 miles northeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The boat became disabled while in rough seas. The crew called the Coast Guard, who coordinated the rescue with the Horizon Reliance cargo vessel, registered to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

 

 

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