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  •  I think it's the rhythm of the sea, (4+ / 0-)

    that affects us so. The sound of the surf always there, it's a form of white noise that somehow takes us back to a different place and time. I always feel tired at first, and then the rejuvenation starts in and I don't want to leave. Time stretches in new directions, and each day is unique. A very good place to turn off all the electrical objects and just float away.

    As for my former days in blue, I was a cutterman, not a lifeboatman, and my cutter was 327 feet long. :) A little big for surf drills: in fact if we got that far inshore we'd be abandoning ship. We usually stayed offshore at least 5-6 miles, where the fishing boats were, and they were the main reason we were there. Saving salmon for democracy and the free world, we were.

    That bay on James Island has a rather tragic history. I'm trying to remember, but it was least 10 years ago now that four Coasties lost their lives trying to save a sailor whose yacht had beached inside that bay. The weather was simply too bad to have gone out, and they lacked seasoning for the task. One out of four crewmen had the experience, but the other three were very new, and well, things went from bad to worse quickly. The sailor survived, as he was picked off the rocks by a CG helicopter from Astoria. That was a bad day at James Island.

    Only about three or four years ago a CG helicopter went down there, losing 4 crewmen, after it literally ran into the electrical wires going to the island for the navigation lights. They were the CG's wires, the crew was enroute Ketchikan (IIRC), and they were transiting through the area at about 200 feet when the pilot dipped lower to look at the CG station.

    The Olympic coast is not to be trifled with, even when wearing blue.

    •  I have great respect for the sea, like you, (2+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, martyc35

      and for the Coast Guard's work out there on those rescue missions - those storms can not be believed by anyone who hasn't been tossed and slammed in those swells and gales. My husband served in the CG for a while, but gave it up when the primary mission changed from saving lives at sea to catching drug smugglers and being a policeman at sea.

      You know, I've wondered about those electrical lines out to James island, they really hang out in the open, and cause trouble, fatally as you say. Seems like it might be worth an alternative power source. Those navigation lights are crucial, so it would have to be fail safe.

      •  I thank Saint Ronnie, the Raygun, (2+ / 0-)
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        Polly Syllabic, OceanDiver

        for my doing only six years. I was in communications and privy to a lot of information most Coasties never saw or heard. In the last two years (80-82) of my time in, we began the switch to being cops, and I was not all that enthralled with what I saw going on.

        I was more than happy to get out and go to college. I still maintain a soft spot, most definitely, for the Coast Guard, but it certainly does have it's warts, doesn't it?

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