US Coast Guard - One Million Rescues And Counting
While we were celebrating our numbers and sending you to Robin Storm’s post on recent Coast Guard rescues yesterday the saviors of the sea were reaching their own, much larger, milestone; 1,000,000 Rescues!
In a press release today Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff wrote:
“What began as a revenue enforcement agency with a fleet
of ten cutters established by Alexander Hamilton more than 200 years
ago has evolved into the world’s premiere multi-mission, maritime and
military service. It’s fitting that we celebrate the Coast Guard’s
217th birthday this August 4th as we recognize its brave men and women
for saving more than 1 million lives over the course of its long and
How were the numbers calculated?
The number of lives saved was calculated by the Coast
Guard historian’s office through research of logs and records from the
Coast Guard, the Revenue Cutter Service, the US Life-Saving Service,
the Lighthouse Service and other agencies that eventually became the
modern Coast Guard. In addition to tallying the total number of lives
saved, the historian’s office has compiled a list of the top ten rescues in the Coast Guard’s history. The list shows the breadth of the Coast Guard’s efforts to save lives in peril on the seas for over 217 years.
Very Impressive, especially considering these heroes do it knowing
“Ya gotta go out but nobody said anything about having to come back!”
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