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Coast Guard Cadets Design New and Improved Helicopter Rescue Basket

Your chances of surviving a rescue at sea just got a lot better, thanks to some creative cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. A group of mechanical engineering seniors spent the last year working at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to improve the existing helicopter rescue basket, which is limited in its ability to rescue a large number of people quickly and safely. The cadets came up with a new design that is large enough to hold two people at a time sitting in the basket, but is still small enough to fit into…

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Navy Uses High-Tech Patrol Plane and New SAR Kit to Rescue Three Fishermen Adrift for Eight Days in South Pacific

The U.S. Navy just used a new Search and Rescue kit deployed from their latest high-tech patrol aircraft to rescue three fishermen who had been missing for eight days in the South Pacific. The Navy’s new SAR capabilities are certainly good news for bluewater cruisers who might need help in any kind of an emergency. The problem started when the three fishermen on a 19-foot skiff failed to return from an expedition near Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia. Their boat had food and water but it did not have a radio or any safety equipment. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a…