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Pacific Northwest Media Contact: (206) 220-7237

13th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

Media Advisory

Date: Oct. 25, 2012

D13 Asst. Public Affairs Officer

Contact: PAC Robert K. Lanier

Office: (206) 220-7093

Mobile: (206) 883-4076

Media Advisory: USCG, WSP, King County, Seattle PD to conduct emergency preparedness training with Washington State Ferries

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department will be conducting a full-scale exercise, on the water, with the Washington State Ferries, from approximately 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012.

The multiple agencies will conduct the exercise with the Washington State Ferries transiting from north of Vashon Island, Wash., to Edmonds, Wash.

The exercise will include King County helicopters deploying personnel by vertical insertion using fast ropes onto the ferry; and Coast Guard boats carrying first responders who will deploy onto the moving ferry.

“Threats in the maritime environment are very complex,” said Capt. Scott J. Ferguson. “This exercise will strengthen the partnerships of Puget Sound’s first-responders and enhance their capabilities, effectiveness and knowledge of the maritime domain.”

For more information, contact LT j.g. Sean O’Laughlin, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Enforcement, at (206) 217-6094.    

WHO:  U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office and Seattle Police Dept.

WHAT:  Conducting a full-scale exercise, on the water with the Washington State Ferries.

WHEN:  Monday, October 29, 2012, from approximately 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  On the waters of the Puget Sound between Vashon Island, Wash., and Edmonds, Wash.

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