Cadets go overboard in drill

EVERETT — "Man overboard!"

Cadets from the Everett division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps now know what to do if they hear that phrase.

The cadets recently took a cold-water survival and rescue-at-sea class at the Aquatic Combat Training Facility at Naval Station Everett. The six-hour class included training in "man overboard" and "abandon ship" procedures, as well as safety and rescue techniques.

The cadets, ages 14 to 18, wore survival suits donated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s surplus facility.

The class also got to use a six-man life raft, on loan from the Coast Guard’s fishing vessel safety office in Seattle. The students learned about using throw bags, personal flotation devices and life slings.

Experts helped, including Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Klause and Seaman Andrew Rice from the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake. Mike Heryla, a Coast Guard certified instructor, also helped through the assistance of the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association.

Twenty-three cadets participated, and eight qualified for professional certifications.

The training effort continued this month as cadets received instruction in CPR and first aid. Members from the Seattle Police Department volunteered to lead the class.

The next training session is in May, when the cadets will take a class in marine fir fighting.

The corps is a nationwide program that gives young people a chance to taste military life without having to enlist.

Anyone interested may call Ensign B. Baillie at 360-387-1081.

Ensign B. Baillie photos

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