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SARWET Search and Rescue Rotarywing R...
Last Post 01 Oct 2019 06:24 AM by Old Guard2. 1 Replies.
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30 Sep 2019 01:23 PM
    SARWET was an all volunteer Rescue swimmer program initiated at USCG Air Station San Francisco at about 1970. It performed some amazing rescue services at that time.  I think it was the first air rescue swimmer program in the USCG. I was a member of the SARWET team. I know there were rescue swimmers aboard the ships that were really amazing because I witnessed one from a HU16 off the coast of Nothern California in a winter storm. THe ocean was pure white because of the wind and waves and we were looking for a white boat. I spotted something green in the water , turns out it was the deflated life raft that had just rolled to the surface.  We dropped dye markers near the location of the raft. We had directed a USCG cutter to the scene of a sinking pleasure craft where we had spotted tiny orange dots in the water.  Turns out those dots were a man and his wife wearing life jackets.  The cutter came right in and the swimmer jumped over the side to recover the female victim.  She was brought aboard the cutter but didn't survive.  The swimmer then recovered the man and the pulled him aboard the cutter. While recovering the swimmer, his life line broke.  We then directed the cutter to assist in recovering the swimmer. It took some time to get him back onboard. This has to be the most amazing rescue I have ever seen and I was involved with quite a number.
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    01 Oct 2019 06:24 AM
    Awesome story. So sad the wife lost her life but what an excellent job for all involved. At least the husband was saved and had his wife to say goodbye to.
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