a day in the life

As a unique force with both military and civil authorities, Coast Guard missions touch nearly every facet of the nation’s strategic maritime interests. Coast Guard authorities, people and assets are essential to national security and economic prosperity.
On an average day, the Coast Guard:
– conducts 45 search and rescue cases
– saves 10 lives
– saves over $1.2M in property
– seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana
– conducts 57 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure
– interdicts 17 illegal migrants; escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels
– conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports
– screens 360 merchant vessels for security threats prior to arrival in U.S. ports
– conducts 14 fisheries conservation boardings
– services 82 buoys and fixed aids to navigation
– investigates 35 pollution incidents
– completes 26 safety examinations on foreign vessels
– conducts 105 marine inspections
– investigates 14 marine casualties involving commercial vessels
– facilitates movement of $8.7 billion worth of goods and commodities through the nation’s maritime transportation system
What does that really look like? these folks captured daily events during the month of February to show you what a typical week in the life of the service is like. Read on.