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August 21, 2006

...the perils of the sea.

This isn't "new" news, since it happened last week, but I'm betting most of today's readers haven't heard it, unless they are local to the homeport (Seattle) or have an interest in those who go down to the sea in ships. I saved it for today, because today is generally the day of our highest visitor count of the week.

BM2 Duque swears the oath on Healy’s forecastle as LT Hill administers his reenlistment.  Photo from the <i><b>USCGC Healy</b></i> website http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/healy/deployments/AWS06/XO/JULY%2030/30%20Jul%2006%20Update.htm.


BM2 Duque swears the oath on Healy’s forecastle as LT Hill administers his reenlistment. Photo from the USCGC Healy website

Two Coast Guard divers die in Arctic Ocean

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEATTLE -- Two divers aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy died during a routine dive operation in the Arctic Ocean about 500 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, the agency said Friday.

The cause of deaths was being investigated, the Coast Guard said.

Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, 26, of Miami, had entered the water Thursday afternoon to examine the ship's rudder, which is done often as it operates in Arctic ice.

Complete story here.

The picture was taken in the last week of July. Fair winds and a following sea, sailors.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts,
Watch o’er the men and women
who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas;
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above;
The shield and shelter of thy love.

[Update: I have been asked to note that Steven Buque was 22 years old, not 26 as stated in the article.]