The coast guard’s motto is: Reserve My Court.
So when the coast guards patrol the waters around California’s Monterey Bay, it’s almost always the case that they’ll be standing on the water’s edge.
“A lot of times it’s going to be pretty close to the shoreline, and you’ll be a little bit closer to the edge than you are on land,” said Capt. Kevin Loughlin, a coast guard spokesman.
“And if you’re in an area where there’s some movement on the shore, you’re going to want to be on the lookout for anything that could pose a threat to your safety.”
The number of people being sent to the water in the Monterey area has been steadily increasing since the 1970s, Loughlins said.
That’s partly because of the surge in cruise ships.
But a lot of the people who are going to die at sea are in smaller boats, and theres a concern about those boats getting too close to shore.
“If the tide comes in and the boats come in too close, theres going to come a wave and the wave will wash over the boats and theyre going to end up on the ocean floor, Louglins said, adding that there is a risk of drowning.
But he also said the Coast Guard has been getting more and more involved in the incident response, including sending officers to the beach.
The Monterey coast guard has been deployed to Monterey every year since the early 1990s.
The service has about 3,200 members, including about 2,500 in the marine reserves.
But there are now about 3 more coast guard ships stationed in Monterey, and many of them are manned by trained officers.
Theres been a lot more awareness and awareness-raising around the incident, said Capt John Eller, the Coast Guards chief of operations.
And it’s something that has increased in the last few years, he said.
The coast guard was already aware of the threat of cruise ships coming in close to Monty, but had never seen one until the cruise ships arrived, Eller said.”
They were kind of shocked by that and were kind in awe of what they saw, how close they were to the ship,” he said, referring to the massive vessels that cruise ships are able to reach, which are more than 400 feet long and can hold up to 250 passengers.
So they put a boat on the boat and a crewmember on board and they kind of kept their cool and kept an eye out for any boats that might be on their watch list.
The cruise ships often make up most of the boats on the Monty beach.
They have an open-air space for everyone to congregate, and are always manned by experienced marine safety officers.
In a statement, cruise lines said they did not have an issue with the Coastguard and that they are in the process of making changes to avoid similar incidents.”
This is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved and for the families that have lost loved ones, especially when you consider that cruise lines and coast guard are a family,” the statement said.