Deck Watch: Tradition of Coast Guard mascots alive and well on SPAR

Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip's sailing companion Magellan

Magellan, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s dog and ship’s mascot, takes a rest after a long day of being out to sea near Kodiak, Alaska, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. It is not uncommon for dogs of commanding officers, like Maggie, to be brought underway with the crew during a mission. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, discusses Coast Guard mascots and her companion Magellan from her cabin aboard SPAR near Kodiak, Alaska, Dec. 6, 2012. Deck Watch is a weekly radio program covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard audio by Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs. To hear the interview please click here!

In other Coast Guard news:

Dec. 13 – Coast Guard responders and the crew of the fishing vessel High Pockets saved three fishermen from the 42-foot troller Equity, southwest of Heceta Island Dec. 13. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a distress call on VHF channel 16 from the crew of the Equity, reporting that they had hit a rock and were sinking. The fishermen stated that they were donning survival suits, abandoning ship into their life raft and activating their emergency position indicating radio beacon. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The good Samaritans aboard the High Pockets responded to the call for help and with the assistance of the Jayhawk crew they were able to quickly find and safely recover the three fishermen. They were taken to Klawock with no reported injuries.

Dec. 14 – Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report of one red flare on VHF channel 16 from the 30-foot fishing vessel Nancy Marie Dec. 14. Sector Juneau command center watchstanders directed the launch of a Station Ketchikan 47-foot Response Boat – Medium crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka. The response boat crew arrived on scene in the vicinity of Mary Island near Ketchikan and found the 50-foot fishing vessel Alaskan Night anchored and the crew requesting assistance. The vessel’s crew reported that they lost their propeller and they fired off two red flares. The response boat crew took the vessel in tow and arrived safely to Ketchikan several hours later. The helicopter crew was stood down when it was determined the response boat crew had the situation well in hand.

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