With both a son and daughter-in-law serving in the USCG and a husband who spent 6 years in that branch, you could say I’m proud of my family…

Today when I was searching for a photo of giant waves at the Shore Acres State Park, I came across a set of photos we’d taken of an actual rescue in progress by the USCG at Shore Acres.  October 25, 2008.  It was right after a bad storm.  The waves were very dangerous and people ignored the warnings to stay at a safe distance.  The Coast Guardsmen had a diver that dropped into the sea.  I couldn’t help but worry for his/her safety too…but they did their jobs, just as they’d trained to do.  This series shows the pilot taking the helicopter into a narrow cove to bring out one of the victims.  It was an impressive bit of piloting.

We were standing on one set of the cliffs and had a bird’s eye view of the whole thing. Please excuse the extra photos but I thought the set might be worth viewing.

Coming in between the cliffs

We’d never seen a helicopter in flight, from this vantage point before.

Hovering – waiting for the hookup

On the way out

And for reference…this is what the waves were looking like that day
Again, hats off to all the brave men and women who risk their lives for the safety of others.