That Others Might Live: U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboats and the CG 44363 Disaster
Shortly after midnight on 12 February 1997, four members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash. launched in a 44-foot motor lifeboat to go to the aid of a distressed sailboat. Casting off lines to head into a tempestuous winter storm, the crew answered their call with the same spirit that has driven American lifesavers onto the treacherous ocean for over 200 years. Tragically, however, three of the four Coast Guardsmen aboard this motor lifeboat, the CG 44363, were killed when waves capsized their vessel near a rocky coastal island.
In this presentation, U.S. Coast Guard veteran and former surfman John Kopp describes the U.S. Coast Guard's small boat rescue stations and self-righting rescue craft, and recounts the 1997 tragedy—a mishap that impelled the Coast Guard to continue evolving the way small vessel rescue operations are conducted.
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Date & Time: December 8th, 2021; 1300-1400 ET (Presentation with live Q&A discussion)
Audience: All engineers, program managers, executives, and students interested in this event or safety in general.
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John Kopp is the creator of www.uscg44363.com, a virtual museum curated to make meaning from a U.S. Coast Guard tragedy that occurred off the Washington coast in 1997. John spent more than 9 years in the Coast Guard, finally separating from active duty in 2019 as a Boatswain’s Mate First Class and surfman, capable of operating the service’s 47-foot motor lifeboat in 20-foot surf and 30-foot swells. As a boat operator, John piloted the 47- and 52-foot motor lifeboats as well as other small craft at Stations Cape Disappointment, Wash. and Barnegat Light, N.J. Currently, John is a graduate student in the counseling psychology program at Meridian University.
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