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She's Got Grit: Early woman Coast Guard rescue swimmer makes waves

Sara Faulkner, the first woman to qualify and serve as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer

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MOBILE, Ala. - The crew of a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile hoists Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Foss and Luke Wiedeman as part of a search-and-rescue demonstration, Nov. 7, 2011. Crewmembers from ATC Mobile worked with the Mobile chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help Luke realize his dream of becoming a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann

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Inside the Coast Guard's rescue swimmer training program

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Coast Guard Swimmer Standards: - Pushups - 100+ in 2:00 - Sit-ups - 100+ in 2:00 - Pull-ups - 15-20+ - 12:00 Swim - swim 500-750yd - 1.5 mile run - sub 9:00 - 25 yd underwater swim - complete - 200 yd Buddy tow - complete

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The coast guard is a vital and important part of Alaska and our community. The Sitka Seafood Festival would like to thank the coast guard and it's family for it's continued support, and we look forward to another rescue swimmer demonstration during the Aug.9-12, 2012 festival...only one of the many demonstrations that are offered free at the festival.

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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

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