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Postby vacastle » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:09 pm


This past weekend, Beth Deese (COTA) and I I attended the American Heroe's Day at Chicamacomico LSS in Rodanthe, NC. (Outer Banks)

One of the big events that took place was the Beach Bouy Rescue. This was a reenactment done by Station Hatteras and Station Oregon Inlet of the United States Coast Guard.

How fitting to see the USCG to be doing these drills! Here they are rolling out the very heavy cart...
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First, they inspect the lines and equipment
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The "Keeper" has each "Surfman" sound off with his respective assignment...
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The "Keeper" explains the beach bouy to the audience
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Moving the cart to the beach. Imagine doing this for a real rescue in the middle of a hurricane, and they haven't even reached the sand yet!
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More pics coming :)

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Postby vacastle » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:11 pm


Rescue continued from post #!...

Here they are preparing the beach bouy set-up. You can see the Lyle gun inside the cart. The wooden structure on the beach in front of them will serve as the "shipwreck".

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Carrying the Lyle gun to position. The Lyle gun is loaded with gun powder and will shoot the line out to the "shipwreck".
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Securing the front end of the line. Because there is nothing on the beach to hold the line, it's secured by burying it with weights deep into the sand.
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The "Keeper" signals the "surfmen" stationed at the "shipwreck" that the Lyle gun is positioned and ready to fire.
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At this point, we are all instructed to cover our ears- so no photo of the line actually being shot! ;)

The line suceessfully reached the shipwreck and the "surfmen" there secure it into position.
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More in next post...

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Postby vacastle » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:11 pm


Rescue continued fm post #2

The "Surfmen" at the "wreck" signal that the line is in place and ready.
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Here you see the support pole and the beach bouy being positioned, ready to send to the rescuers at the "wreck.
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The beach bouy is sent to the "shipwreck".
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A survivor is being placed in the beach bouy...
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The victim is carried safely to "shore"!
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The last photo, taken as the CG was packing up, after a very successful demonstration.
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Hope you enjoy!

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Postby Arch_2 » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:44 pm


Very interesting photos. Thanks for sharing them. I have never seen a demonastration like this.
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Postby buster » Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:01 pm


Great,thanks for the share :)
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