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Rescues at Sea: The Coast Guard’s Air Station Houston is Always Ready

The Coast Guard’s Air Station Houston covers the Houston gulf area down to Matagorda Bay and part of Louisiana. They perform any search and rescue needed, from boat distress calls to oil platform disasters and everything in between. Their helicopter duty crew, made up of two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer are […]

The Coast Guard’s Air Station Houston covers the Houston gulf area down to Matagorda Bay and part of Louisiana. They perform any search and rescue needed, from boat distress calls to oil platform disasters and everything in between.

Their helicopter duty crew, made up of two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer are “Semper Paratus” — the Coast Guard motto meaning “always ready.”

Paige Phelps went to Ellington Field Joint Air Base to meet pilot Lt. James Rader to get a closer look at what the Air Station Houston team, known for being “the calm in the storm,” does when called to action.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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