USCG Respond to Disaster Ashore

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Marino and Fireman Michael Quigley)


The Coast Guardsmen of Station Cape Charles are used to responding to disasters at sea. On July 24 that changed as they scrambled to a scene where only their training, teamwork and devotion to duty could help them respond to a disaster ashore.

Crewmembers on duty were just beginning their physical training when several members heard their phones go off in unison. A tornado had just touched down in a popular campground nearby and ripped through the rows of trailers and tents. It was over as quickly as it started, but not before it left a wake of destruction, upturning campers and tents.

“Once I knew the storm passed, I made sure my family was safe, and I knew where I had to go,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Schadt as he headed out the door of his home responding in his private vehicle.

Back at the station Senior Chief Petty Officer David Stone and Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Marino, who was still in his physical training shorts and tennis shoes, responded as well. Both arrived shortly behind Schadt who was already in a fire pit used as a makeshift trauma staging area, and he was helping to stabilize a compound fracture of a leg and tending to another patient with severe bruising on his back.

Recalling the event in their minds the day after, Schadt said, "Treating them for shock was most important” and I guess I just relied on my training.” 

Marino added, "Cape Charles is a small town, and we are their small boat station. We are all family, and we look after each other." 

The crewmembers of Station Cape Charles and their quick action to aiding those involved in the disaster are credited with improving the condition of several patients due to their quick actions.  

Along with aiding in reuniting two children with their parents, they also helped organize transportation to the shelters for all affected.

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Arctic Cruise Ship Brings High-tech, Green Design

A new vessel has been designed as a luxury expedition cruise vessel for worldwide operation including Arctic and Antarctic regions for itineraries up to 21 days with 300 passengers aboard.

Hapag-Lloyd Adds 6,000 Reefer Containers

In order to profit from the growing reefer markets in South America and Asia, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 cutting-edge reefer containers – more than ever before in the company’s history.

AET Names DP Shuttle for Statoil Charter

Petroleum tanker owner and operator AET today named its newest vessel, a 120,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tanker, Eagle Bergen.    Eagle Bergen is the second of two vessels

Coast Guard

Mississippi River Closed Due to Collision, Spill

A unified command team continues its response Friday to an oil spill in the Mississippi River following a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 in Paducah

Austal Delivers Final Cape Class Patrol Boat

Cape York, the last of eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats for Australian Border Force (formerly Australian Customs and Border Protection) has been delivered by shipbuilder

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.4350 sec (2 req/sec)