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11th District Pacific Southwest Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

July 28, 2012


U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland

Email: pamela.j.boehland@uscg.mil

Office: (510) 772-8865

*Photo/Video Release* Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay hosts 3rd annual open house

and helps disabled boat

SAMOA, Calif. – In addition to hosting hundreds from the community in its third annual open house, the crew of Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay also rescued two boaters today.

Before the preplanned open house got into full swing the ready-response crew jumped into action to assist two boaters in a 19-foot recreational boat that was dead in the water just outside the Humboldt Bay inlet.

The crew used a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat to tow the boaters back to their launch point at Fields Landing and returned to base to join the rest of the crew participating in the open house.

The open house drew in more than 400 people despite a dreary, overcast sky and misting conditions. Adults, children and dogs were welcomed to climb aboard response boats from the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection landed helicopters on the station’s grounds for public viewing.

Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Moore, a boatswain's mate assigned to Humboldt Bay, helped organized the event, and he said he was happy with community involvement despite the weather.


“I think everything went well considering the weather,” said Moore. “I really want to thank all of the agencies that came out, the community for participating, and my crew for putting this great event together.”

The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, CHP, Cal. Fire, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game were all on hand to speak to community members. The public also had the oppurtunity to tour the more than 70-year-old station building, learn how to throw heaving lines, and discover what it is like to operate on California's rugged and dangerous northern coast.

SAMOA, Calif. - Ceclia Sandoval and her father Andrew Sandoval-Strauss learn to throw a heaving line at Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay during the Station's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. More than 400 members of the community participated in the event and interacted with response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - Ceclia Sandoval and her father Andrew Sandoval-Strauss learn to throw a heaving line during Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. More than 400 members of the community participated in the event and interacted with response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

 SAMOA, Calif. - More than 400 members of the community came out to participate in Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game were on hand to speak with the community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - More than 400 members of the community came out to participate in Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game were on hand to speak with the community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, tows a 19-foot disabled boat from Humboldt Bay to its launch point at Fields Landing, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Station Humboldt Bay has two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats and a 25-foot response boat to assist distressed boaters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, tows a 19-foot disabled boat from Humboldt Bay to its launch point at Fields Landing, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Station Humboldt Bay has two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats and a 25-foot response boat to assist distressed boaters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - Seaman James Hansen, a crewman assigned to Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, puts a 19-foot disabled boat in sidetow, Saturday, July 28, 2012. The boat had two fishermen on board and was towed to launch point at Fields Landing. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - Seaman James Hansen, a crewman assigned to Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, puts a 19-foot disabled boat in sidetow, Saturday, July 28, 2012. The boat had two fishermen on board and was towed to Fields Landing. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

*VIDEO*

SAMOA, Calif. - More than 400 members of the community came out to participate in Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game were on hand to speak with the community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

SAMOA, Calif. - More than 400 members of the community came out to participate in Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay's third annual open house, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Response workers from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, local National Guard, Cal. Fire, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff'€™s Office marine unit, and the California Department of Fish and Game were on hand to speak with the community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

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