As part of the semi-annual rescue drill and dive skills refresher, divers from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and the Atlantic Ocean Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, FL participated in a joint exercise with the US Coast Guard on 27 October, 2011. The joint NOAA / USCG exercise served as invaluable training on the procedures for moving an unconscious diver if a USCG helicopter Medical Evacuation should become necessary. Boat operator LTJG Aaron Maggied worked with USCG External Affairs and Aviators to coordinate the simulated removal of an unconscious LTJG Lindsay Morrison. Miami-area divers logged over 1,000 Dives in 2010, and the potential for a serious dive accident is present. The knowledge gained through this exercise will improve the safety and efficiency of the rescue operation, should a real emergency call for the evacuation of a critical victim. The NOAA divers from the SEFSC and AOML thank the USCG Air Station Miami and the crew of H-65 6606, namely LCDR Matt Walker (USCG), LTJG Leslie Brown (USCG), and AS3 Nick Trimpe for their participation in this training evolution.
All Photos: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.