U.S. Coast Guard Participates in Survival Training Wet Drills
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
U.S. Coast Guard crews received a refresher course Wednesday morning, making sure to stay on top of their game when it comes to survival training.
Crews from all over the area gathered at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi to take part in their annual survival training. The drills consisted of the popping of flares and smoke, plus familiarizing personnel with flight suits and other equipment.
"Typically, if you get out of the aircraft, you're going to inflate the vests, but we don't inflate it for the swim purposes here, so it kind of simulates being close to the aircraft, being away from the debris field and then inflating," Coast Guard Commander Lance Belben said.
"We as a Coast Guard, we are required to save people in hazardous situations, and it's imperative that we need to know how we can rescue ourselves should we end up in a survival situation ourselves," Coast Guard member Shannon Brugh said.
Commanders said they want to stay on top of their game when it comes to rescue calls and survival tactics; especially if a member from the flight crews is left for some time in the water.