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Old 5 October 2014, 16:36
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Iím not sure how many actually went to the link and read the summary of the mission. The Prinsendam maritime rescue was one involving the overcoming of a lot of logistics and command-and-control hindrances. It will perhaps remain one of the more important and significant in history due to its distance from land, distance from infrastructure of major cities (ports and airfields), isolation from major shipping lanes and a host of geographic, climate, and weather environment reasons. That all crew and passengers were rescued also contributes to its success significance.

The mission summary I put together put minimal emphasis on the efforts of the two USAF pararescuemen in the water and subsequently in life boat six resulted in the first official recommendation the US Coast Guard establish a helicopter rescue swimmer capability. Something that wasnít acted on until the failure of the Coast Guard to rescue the survivors of the M/V MARINE ELECTRIC which sank off the coast of Virginia on the evening of 10 February 1983.

USCG Rescue Swimmer history

SS Marine Electric

USGC-the Marine Electric Tragedy

The "Marine Electric" Disaster

Iím not sure how many actually went to the link and read the summary of the mission. The Prinsendam maritime rescue was one involving the overcoming of a lot of logistics and command-and-control hindrances. It will perhaps remain one of the more important and significant in history due to its distance from land, distance from infrastructure of major cities (ports and airfields), isolation from major shipping lanes and a host of geographic, climate, and weather environment reasons. That all crew and passengers were rescued also contributes to its success significance.

The mission summary I put together put minimal emphasis on the efforts of the two USAF pararescuemen in the water and subsequently in life boat six resulted in the first official recommendation the US Coast Guard establish a helicopter rescue swimmer capability. Something that wasnít acted on until the failure of the Coast Guard to rescue the survivors of the M/V MARINE ELECTRIC which sank off the coast of Virginia on the evening of 10 February 1983.

All 34 survivors in the water were severely hypothermic by the time the Coast Guard helicopters got there. The survivors were unable to grab the lowered rescue basket and floundered helplessly. Only three of the 34 crewmembers would be rescued.

As a result of this unsuccessful rescue The US Congress mandated in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1984 that "The Commandant of the Coast Guard shall use such sums as are necessary, from amounts appropriated for the operational maintenance of the Coast Guard, to establish a helicopter rescue swimmer program for the purpose of training selected Coast Guard personnel in rescue swimming skills."
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