Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Living It Up: Coast Guard Search And Rescue
Tonight, Jackie Johnson's finding out what it takes to be a true hero. She's learning first-hand every second counts when you're Living It Up with the United States Coast Guard.
(WSVN) -- We are Living It Up in the middle of the action at the Coast Guard Station in Ft. Lauderdale, about to perform a search and rescue, see how these people saves lives.
Jackie: "What will my job be today?"
Gene: "Basically what the scenario is, we're going to have a boat out there with an injured person on board and if you determine that it is necessary, we are going to have a Coast Guard helicopter come in and we are going to Medivac the person to the hospital."
Gene: "The first thing that you always want to find out is what is their location."
Gene: "After that, the next thing is what is the nature of distress, what is their problem."
Gene: "Next thing is how many persons they have on board in case that vessel sinks and we get out there, we need to know how many people we need to recover."
Over radio: "Mayday, mayday, mayday...Coast Guard you there?"
Jackie: "Vessel in distress, this is coast guard station Ft. Lauderdale, what is your position?"
Over radio: "I'm at Port Everglades, I got a guy that's having a hard time breathing and holding his chest."
Jackie: "Number of people on board?"
Over radio: "There's 3 of us."
Jackie: "Alright...Roger that, vessel in distress, Coast Guard Station Ft Lauderdale, we have a vessel in route."
Jackie: "Now we have a person in cardiac arrest in the vicinity of Port Everglades."
Gene: "Alright, Jackie you take the helm."
Jackie: "Alright, bring in all the lines!"
Jackie: "Alright, crew I need everyone to rig the fenders, we are getting ready to approach the vessel."
Jackie: We are pulling up on the vessel in distress, we are going to assess the victim, see if he needs a Medivac."
Jackie: "He's got a weak pulse, pain in his left arm, possible heart attack, we are going to have to request Medivac."
Jackie: "Alright, after you call for the Medivac, how long does it take for him to get here?"
Gene: "Usually on scene time for a Coast Guard Helicopter to get on scene with us is approximately 30 minutes."
Jackie: "Well one life saved today Living It Up search and rescue with U.S. Coast Guard, I'm Jackie Johnson 7 News."
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Coast Guard Station Ft. Lauderdale