News // Jul 28, 2021

Coast Guard Mission Excellence: A Monthly Report

  • Coast Guard Foundation

Each month we feature three stories that exemplify the Coast Guard’s mission excellence, heroism, and devotion to duty.

Air Station Kodiak Crew Rescues Bear Attack Survivor: On July 16, while flying from Kotzuebue to Nome, Alaska, an Air Station Kodiak aircrew spotted a “SOS PLEASE HELP ME” sign on top of a remote mining camp, and Richard Jessee, waving two hands over his head, indicating he was in need of help. The crew landed nearby and determined that Jessee suffered minor injuries during a bear attack four days earlier. Jessee reported that he was riding an ATV near his cabin July 12 when a brown bear attacked him, flipping over the ATV and sending it into the nearby river where it sank, along with his cell phone. Jessee escaped back to his cabin, and the bear repeatedly attacked the cabin walls, windows and doors over the next several days in an attempt to reach Jessee.

“We had no idea he was there,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jared Carbajal, the pilot onboard the Coast Guard helicopter said to the Nome Nugget. “We just happened upon him on our way to another mission.”

A job well done to the crew: Lt. Cmdr. Jared Carbajal, pilot; Lt. j.g. AJ Hammac, co-pilot; Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Carr, rescue swimmer; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Reed, flight mechanic.

Oregon Crew
Coast Guard crews from Sector Humboldt Bay and Sector North Bend worked together to rescue the crew of a disabled 79-foot sailboat in dangerous weather.

California, Oregon Coast Guard crews rescue 6 from sinking sailboat 90 miles offshore: Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay members Petty Officer 3rd Class Spencer Manson, a rescue swimmer, and Lt. Ryan O'Neill, an aircraft commander, discuss the June 19, 2021, rescue at Sector Humboldt Bay, Calif. The 79-foot sailboat Barlovento had become disabled in dangerous weather and the crew was rescued by Sector Humboldt Bay and Coast Guard Sector North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Giles.

Barnes at Finish Line
Lt. j.g. Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss approach the finish line during their preliminary sailboat race, July 27.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Sails in the Olympics: Lt. j.g. Nikki Barnes, an active-duty Coast Guard officer assigned to Coast Guard Sector Miami, and her sailing partner Lara Dallman-Weiss, qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in February, and competed in their first preliminary race on July 27. They finished in 14th place in this first round, with nine more races to go. The sailing events take place south of Tokyo in Enoshima, the same sailing venue used during the 1964 Summer Games.

Barnes is a 2017 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy where she was named the Quantum Women's Sailor of the Year in 2016 and earned All-American honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

NBC broadcasts sailing events daily on its Olympic website, and the US Sailing Team’s social media channels feature highlights of each day’s events. Sailing commentator and former Coast Guard Foundation board member Gary Jobson covers all sailing events, which begin at 11:00 PM EDT every day of racing. Good luck to Nikki and Lara, and go Team USA!

Us sailing when we sail
Infographic courtesy of US Sailing. Barnes and Dallman-Weiss compete in the Women's 470 race.
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