Remembering the CG 44363 Disaster
Shortly after midnight on 12 February 1997, four members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River,
Washington 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 motor lifeboat 44363 were killed when waves capsized their
vessel three times near a rocky coastal island. U.S. Coast Guard veteran and former
“surfman” John Kopp will offer a holistic recounting of this mishap—a mishap that
impelled the Coast Guard to evolve in a number of critical ways that affect contemporary crews to this
Date & Time: December 8th, 2021; 1300-1400 ET (Presentation with live Q&A
Audience: All engineers, program managers, executives, and students
interested in using autonomy now or in the future.
Virtual Course Format: This
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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 occured 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 operated 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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