An analysis of the need of a Coast Guard search and rescue facility.
Hollemon, Kenneth Claude
Parry, Sam H.
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This study is a step-by-step process for examining the need and probable effectiveness of new Coast Guard SAR facilities. The vehicle for the study is a proposed Coast Guard Air Station to be located at Arcata, California, but the process is adaptable to any locale or any type of SAR facility. Data from historic SAR incidents was analysed and the SAR environment of the area to be served by the air station was simulated. The study indicated that the air station will reduce response time to maritime SAR incidents 15 to 25 minutes without considering possible delays caused by low visibility at the Arcata airport. Additional study in specific areas was recommended.