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USCG Crew Hit by Laser During Training

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April 22, 2016

The Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat – Medium shown here is the type of vessel whose crew was hit with a green laser wielded by an unknown individual located near Boulevard Park, Bellingham, Wash, April 20, 2016.  				Green laser lights can temporarily blind operators of vessels and aircraft during night operations, potentially causing medical issues as well as directly impacting the abilities of the crews to safely respond to emergency and routine situations. 				U.S. Coast

The Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat – Medium shown here is the type of vessel whose crew was hit with a green laser wielded by an unknown individual located near Boulevard Park, Bellingham, Wash, April 20, 2016. Green laser lights can temporarily blind operators of vessels and aircraft during night operations, potentially causing medical issues as well as directly impacting the abilities of the crews to safely respond to emergency and routine situations. U.S. Coast

A Coast Guard boatcrew was hit by a green laser light while underway near the Squalicum Harbor area of Bellingham, Wednesday night, ending a valuable training opportunity due to medical concerns.

The crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, had to return to base and a backup boatcrew had to be called to stand the remainder of the watch.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified of the incident by the affected boatcrew at 8:30 p.m. The incident cancelled the scheduled routine operations with a helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

"Boat and helicopter operators can be temporarily blinded by green laser lights during night operations," said Cmdr. Brian Meier, Sector Puget Sound Response Department head. "There have been several laser light incidents in Washington involving not only our crews, but commercial operators as well. As a safety authority, we are very concerned about these incidents causing accidents or delaying emergency responses."

The local harbor security office and Watcom County police responded to the location near Boulevard Park, but were unable to locate the suspected violators.

Anyone having information about this incident or other green laser light incidents are encouraged to contact their local Coast Guard unit or local law enforcement.
 

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