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Sea Tow operators attend search-and-rescue conference

Held April 9 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the first-time event was sponsored by Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

Sea Tow operators representing the Central Florida Lakes region, Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla., were among more than 40 police and emergency response agencies that attended the 2015 Northeast Florida Search and Rescue Conference.

Held April 9 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the first-time event was sponsored by Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. The conference entailed a day of presentations and discussions aimed at improving communication and understanding among agencies and first responders involved in on-water search-and-rescue operations.

“Bringing many federal, state and local agencies in northeastern Florida, along with the Coast Guard, together allowed for a better understanding of policies, procedures and asset capabilities,” Lt. Christina Muralles, command center chief of USCG Sector Jacksonville, said in a statement.

“We discussed how we can share vital information about weather conditions, wind direction and the last known position of the vessel or people we’re looking for,” Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes owner Capt. Kerry Kline said. “It also gave us a chance to get acquainted and get to know each other, which is very important in SAR relationships.”

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