A Port Clinton-based Coast Guard port security unit assisted four mariners in distress while conducting training on San Diego Bay, April 6.
“This is an example of the multi-mission capabilities of the Port Security Units,” said Cmdr. Gerald A. Nauert, Port Security Unit 309’s commanding officer. “Our primary mission is to provide security to sensitive ports and vessels, but our training also enables us to provide humanitarian assistance to the public. It’s a perfect example of our members living up to our unit motto, Facta Non Verba — Deeds Not Words.”
During the first incident, an under way PSU 309 boat crew observed a distress signal from three passengers aboard a nearby vessel. Their powerless vessel was caught in the current and was being pushed toward the shore. The Coast Guard crew pulled alongside to provide assistance. After the vessel’s engine would not restart, they safely towed the civilian crew and their vessel to its homeport.
Later that same day, another PSU 309 boat crew was under way when Sector San Diego requested they assist a kayaker, who had washed onto rocks near the mouth of San Diego Bay. The crew made contact with the elderly male, brought him aboard and provided first aid before transferring him to a San Diego Harbor Police vessel to receive further emergency medical care.
PSU 309 was conducting joint training on San Diego Bay with U.S. Navy Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Three in preparation for overseas deployment.
Established May 1995 as a Coast Guard Reserve unit, PSU 309 provides security and protects personnel and facilities from terrorism, sabotage, espionage, subversion and attack. The unit has a proud operational heritage, including missions in support of Operations’ Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Uphold Democracy.
PSUs are a component of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group. The DOG provides properly equipped, trained, and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.