Ready for tomorrow: training to save lives

An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., conducts hoist operation training with a 41-foot Utility boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 28, 2011, in the James River. Training is conducted so that personnel can maintain proficiency in hoisting evolutions, which is essential during emergency response situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Post written by PA1 Brandyn Hill

An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City,
N.C., conducted hoist operation training with a 41-foot Utility Boat
crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 28, 2011, in the
James River.

Training is conducted so that personnel can maintain proficiency in
hoisting evolutions, which is essential during emergency response
situations.

For this exercise, the flight mechanic practiced lowering a basket to
a boatcrew simulating a medevac scenario. This training showed its
value in an actual case the previous week when an aircrew from Air
Station Elizabeth City medevaced a 64-year-old woman with abdominal
pains from a cruise ship 110 miles east of Nags Head, N.C.

Following the basket training, the aircrew practiced efforts to
retrieve a person in the water by lowering the rescue swimmer to
retrieve Oscar, a training mannequin, from the water.

After approximately six training evolutions, both crews were able to
take another step toward perfection for the scenarios they often
perform in less than favorable conditions.

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