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FLOTILLA 33 & COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN SUPPORT NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS WITH BOATING SAFETY MESSAGE DURING ACTIVITY DAY ON 26MAY11

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FLOTILLA 33 RESPONDED TO A REQUEST FROM NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS BY PRESENTING BOATING SAFETY INFORMATION TO THE COUNTY'S 750 STUDENTS. (ABOVE) FORTUNE ODEND'HAL SPEAKS WITH ONE OF THE CLASS GROUPS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL. NOT PICTURED ARE TONY BLACKSTONE, BRIAN MCARDLE, & OWEN MCGUILL.

 

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ONE OF THE 750 NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY STUDENTS GETS A CLOSE UP TOUR OF CG 25837.

“I understand that there are approximately 750 students at the school,” commented Boatswain Mate 2nd class Amaury Perez.  “I believe we had every single child on the boat during the day.  It was a great opportunity for us to show the children a rescue boat up close and talk about the importance of wearing life jackets while on a boat.”

FLOTILLA 33 SUPPORTS NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS

Why was there a Coast Guard boat at Northumberland Elementary School the other day?  Police, Fire Truck or an EMS vehicle you might expect, but the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary?

A team from United States Coast Guard Station Milford Haven brought a boat to the school for their end of year Activity Day recently while members of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 distributed safe boating material to children at the school.

“I understand that there are approximately 750 students at the school,” commented Boatswain Mate 2nd class Perez.  “I believe we had every single child on the boat during the day.  It was a great opportunity for us to show the children a rescue boat up close and talk about the importance of wearing life jackets while on a boat.”

Meanwhile, Auxiliary members; Tony Blackstone, Brian McArdle, Owen McGuill and Fortune Odend’hal discussed the importance of Life Jackets and distributed activity books to the children.

“Men and Women of the Coast Guard spend a lot of time on the water, conducting safety checks, assisting stranded boaters and protecting lives and property,” Stated Senior Chief Matthew Welsh, Officer in Charge of Station Milford Haven.  “However, it is also very important for us to be involved in the community and make people aware of the safety precautions they should take before getting underway.  If we can get one child to wear to life jacket that normally would not do so, then our time and effort was worth it.”

Also, representing the Coast Guard was Fireman Second Class Alejandro Shannon, who spent the day at the school even though it was his day off and United States Coast Guard Academy Cadet Christopher Saylor who was spending six weeks at Station Milford Haven after completing his first year at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

“Flotilla 33 does a lot of Safe Boating booths throughout the year,” commented Owen McGuill, Flotilla 33 member. “Between the students, teachers, parents and volunteers, this was the busiest we ever had.  You never know when that safety discussion is remembered and ends up saving a life.”

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