A moment in Monterey

Story provided by Petty Officer Matthew Mcmahon

The environment and caseload experienced by Coast Guard Station Monterey’s crew produces as much diversity in its mission as present in the populace they serve and protect. From the stoic cliff faces of Point Sur to the ever-sunny and surf-laden beaches of Santa Cruz, California’s Central Coast can be as hazardous as it is beautiful.

MONTEREY, Calif. - A Coast Guard Monterey 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew conducts towing training in Monterey Bay, Aug. 20, 2014. Photo by Michael Beaton.

MONTEREY, Calif. – A Coast Guard Monterey 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew conducts towing training in Monterey Bay, Aug. 20, 2014. Photo by Michael Beaton.

The members of Station Monterey train and operate in order to maintain a level of proficiency that enables them to respond effectively to any situation they might be presented with across their expansive area of responsibility.

They remain undaunted by all-night search-and-rescue cases and enforce fishery and safety laws with all the courtesy and professionalism warranted by people dedicated to serving others. The unit often coordinates with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, California Fish and Wildlife and numerous local police and fire departments in order to render the region as safe and navigable as possible.

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - Petty Officer Ryan Fogarty (center) huddles together with the crewmembers of the Greatland as they tread water during training in Monterey Bay near Coast Guard Station Monterey.

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. – Petty Officer Ryan Fogarty (center) huddles together with fellow crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Monterey during survival swim training in Monterey Bay, Sept. 16, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard  photo by Lt. j.g. Taylor Smith

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew consisting of Petty Officers Ryan Fogarty, Will Hurley, Chris Willard, Seaman Josh Bromund, Seaman Craig Gordinier and Fireman Shannon Akery responded to a disabled vessel, the Greatland. Aboard the lumbering whale-watching boat of 80 feet and 94 gross tons were 75 passengers. The crew aboard the 47-footer struggled to overcome the relentless 30-knot winds and formidable eight-foot swells that sought to complicate the rescue.”The crew flawlessly placed the Greatland in a stern tow and saw it to safe moorings within Monterey Harbor,” said Fogarty. “The 47-foot Motor Lifeboat made the difficult case possible; it’s a fantastic platform.” What allows the unit to hold its keen edge of competence, effectiveness and skill is the functional direction of its command and the comprehensive knowledge and experience brought forth by its members.

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