Samoa, Ca., (KIEM) Locals swarmed the Coast Guard base, Saturday, in Samoa. Over 600 people were in attendance for the Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay’s open house event.
Guests toured the grounds and climb aboard the rescue boats. U.S. Coast Guard, Russell Thacker expressed that being a part of the coast guards is extremely rewarding.
“To be able to do a job that you feel pride and you feel like you get some recognition for, it’s a job where you get to see a difference. We’re not always busy but when we’re needed it’s a good thing.”
Boat crews discuss their missions, general boating safety and how the Coast Guard offers their assistance. Members of partner agencies were also in attendance.
California Highway Patrol, Paul Craft, shared that he was a Coast Guard in his younger years so events like this are always nostalgic.
“I personally have an interest in this because I used to live here in housing right here in Samoa when I was in the Coast Guard. A really a good opportunity for all of the first responders to come out and hang out for a day and also talk about working together and what we can do to help each other out for different instances.”
The Coast Guard has been providing assistance to the maritime community since the 1800’s.