U.S. Coast Guard relies on volunteers to keep Westchester shores safe

(10/19/03) OSSINING - The U.S. Coast Guard keeps busy in Westchester patrolling the Hudson River, rescuing people from drowning, and aiding boaters in distress. Since 9/11, water patrols around the perimeter of Indian Point have also increased, but the Coast Guard could not get the job done without its volunteers, or auxiliary members.

Since 9/11, the Coast Guard auxiliary members expanded their role from teaching boater safety courses to include search and rescue. The volunteers patrol the Hudson River from the George Washington Bridge up to the Bear Mountain Bridge. They assist the Coast Guard mainly by rescuing boaters in distress and providing homeland security.

In all, there are about 150 auxiliary members of the U.S. Coast Guard patrolling the Hudson River waters around Westchester. They are the eyes and ears of the Coast Guard, protecting the shorelines of Westchester County.

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