Posts Tagged ‘Coast Guard’
Here are the rules to the game:
Dude was about a quarter mile away from the beaches of northwest Frisco.
IMO, this fellow (who was, granted, west of the Golden Gate) was in San Francisco Bay. But the rules for dungeness crab trapping seem to indicate that he was _outside_ of SF Bay. Ergo, this hobby is A-OK.
News to me…
[UPDATE: Welcome NIMBYs! Here’s a little reading for you, just keep on paging down…]
Here’s a US Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter heading north on its way to attempt to save the life of a person up in Marin County.
As seen over Ocean Beach, which was closed to swimming yesterday, owing to high surf conditions:
Someday maybe San Francisco will have a hospital with a functioning helipad…
The Biggest Coast Guard Cutter I’ve Ever Seen: Presenting the Huge USCGC Stratton – “Sponsored by Michelle Obama”Monday, July 14th, 2014
Man, this thing is big, this Legend-class “National Security Cutter” USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752).
As seen from AT&T Park:
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Our U.S. Military Conducts Exercises in Plain View at Ocean Beach – Coast Guard Rescue Boats Practice Practice PracticeTuesday, April 1st, 2014
Hey, you know who doesn’t train for this type of water rescue? The SFPD, which is sort of funny because they have the exact same kind of aluminum-hulled rescue boat, Marine One or whatever they call it.
Am I saying that the SFPD Marine Unit should try to replicate our Coast Guard and practice alongside the Coasties? No.
But I am saying that it’s absurd that the SFPD operates a heavy surf rescue vessel. We should give it to the government of the Philippines or something like that.
[UPDATE: Hello FaceBookers. Leave a comment if you want – tell me if I got anything wrong…]
My dad used to fly these. I’ve never been so close to one in flight.
Here it is, low and slow over Golden Gate Park heading southwest:
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One assumes it’s an HC-130H out of CGAS Sacramento.
You know, these people:
US Military Performing Exercises Just Off of Ocean Beach on MLK Day – US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life BoatsWednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The smallest branch of our U.S military, the Coast Guard, was out practicing rescues at Ocean Beach on a national holiday, as they are want to do.
One of the $1.2 million Textron Marine 47 foot Motor Life Boats on the scene:
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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO. In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)
Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
|Displacement:||18 t (20 short tons)|
|Length:||14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)|
|Draught:||1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity 
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising
|Range:||200 nmi (370 km) cruising|
|Complement:||34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers|
|Armament:||1 × M240B machine gun (optional)|
News from Inside the America’s Cup: SFGov “is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”Friday, July 5th, 2013
So let’s hear from America’s Cup 2013 Safety Committee member Jim Farmer, QC [Her Majesty’s Counsel learned* in the law]:
“The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”
Heretofore, everything that could have gone wrong with the 2013 America’s Cup has gone wrong. All we can do now is hope that no one else dies for the sake of Larry Ellison’s ego.
And is this America’s Cup going to be the last big thing Larry Ellison does before he dies?
So there’s this – it’s the kind of thing called Harsh Reality Time:
“Much of the vision, it is now apparent, has turned to custard. Larry Ellison’s prediction that there would be a dozen or more challengers (up to 15 perhaps) looks absurd with only 3 challengers making it to the start line and one of them not yet ready to race. The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but. The tragic death of Andrew Simpson when the first (and so far only) Artemis boat disintegrated as it collapsed has cast a pall over the Event from which even the spectacular speed of these boats is unlikely to clear away.“
And there’s this:
“One has to hope most earnestly that there is no further disaster. So far these boats have not yet raced in anger and that has to be the major concern. Two boats, each sailing at over 40 knots and closing from opposing tacks at a mark at an effective combined speed of 80 knots, is not for the faint-hearted. Getting crew down safely or out of the water from a boat that has capsized remains a serious challenge even for sailors who are well equipped, fit and trained to deal with that situation as best they can. Fortunately, sanity prevailed with one of the Regatta Director’s safety recommendations being a prohibition on corporate guests sitting on the back of one of these racing machines. How crazy was that idea in the first place?”
Oh, and there’s this:
“…it will be economics that will prevent the next edition of the Cup under Ellison’s control being a success. Three challengers this time. It is hard to see any of those challengers continuing with the same model of the Event next time. Yes, there will be others who will be happy to do the A45 thing, as there were this time, but the question will be whether (billionaires aside) more than one or two will be able to go to the next stage – which is the America’s Cup after all. And even the viability of the AC45 circuit must be uncertain. The existing model of cities paying all the costs of each mini-event, including the cost of getting the 45s there, just didn’t work this time, with a number of planned events being cancelled because of lack of financial support.”
Anyway, the point is that Appointed Mayor and Willie Brown butt-boy Ed Lee knows that this venture is a big flop, but he’s afraid to say or do anything about it.
Monstrous Big Red, a ticking time bomb that went off a couple months ago:
*Pepe: “Wow, Papa Homer, you are so learn-ed.” Homer: “It’s pronounced “learned.'”