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Coast Guard and partners conducts SAREX 2021 off Maui

Coast Guard and partners conducts SAREX 2021 off Maui
The Coast Guard and their partners hold a planning meeting for a search and rescue exercise (SAREX 2021) on Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 1, 2021.
SAREXs are designed to evaluate notification and response procedures and identify shortfalls in communication and coordination of response during SAR incidents.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West.

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Maui County Fire Department, Maui County Police Department, Maui County Emergency Medical Services, American Medical Response, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services conducted SAREX 2021 (search and rescue exercise) off Kapalua, Maui, Thursday.

»The purpose is to continue building and improving operational cohesion between other agencies and the Coast Guard,» said Senior Chief Petty Officer Malia Chasteen, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Maui. “Holding these annual exercises builds and bolsters strong relationships which enhance communication and hone best practices to ensure real world events are well coordinated to increase the probability of success while searching for those in distress.”

The response exercise took place over two days and included a planning, safety and communication meeting, and a resource open house, Wednesday. The full-scale open-water exercise was held Thursday where an Incident Command Post was established near Olowalu Beach Park.​

The search and rescue exercise simulated a report of an overdue kayaker a mile offshore. Partners deployed their assets and the kayaker was located by an Ocean Safety jet-ski operator who brought them to shore for emergency medical services drills.​

Coast Guard and partners conducts SAREX 2021 off Maui
Archive image: An aviation survival technician is lowered from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a search and rescue demonstration offshore Air Station Barbers Point, Dec. 2, 2016.
Approximatley 80 Oahu high school and JROTC students participated in an open house at Air Station Barbers Point, Dec. 2, 2016.
Members from Air Station Barbers Point and Station Honolulu discussed Coast Guard missions and provided hands-on activities during the educational expo.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Melissa E. McKenzie.

“This opportunity to learn each other’s capabilities and protocols is invaluable,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chadwick Kyffin, training petty officer for Station Maui. “We get a chance to figure out how to better integrate so we can be as functional as possible when something real goes down.”

Assets involved in this year’s SAREX:

  • Coast Guard Station Maui RB-M and 25-foot Response Boat-Small with crews
  • Maui Fire Department​
  • Maui Police Department​
  • Maui County Emergency Medical Services​
  • Maui County Ocean Safety and Life Guard Services Jet-ski operators
Coast Guard and partners conducts SAREX 2021 off Maui
The Coast Guard and their partners hold an asset open house during a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) on Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 1, 2021.
SAREXs are designed to evaluate notification and response procedures and identify shortfalls in communication and coordination of response during SAR incidents.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu personnel hold SAREXs annually throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They are designed to evaluate notification and response procedures and identify shortfalls in communication and coordination of response during SAR incidents. Each agency holds individual capabilities that complement each other’s efforts and bolsters the overall success of the SAR system. Familiarity with processes and the people involved are critical to success.

The goals of the Coast Guard search and rescue program are to minimize loss of life, injury, and property loss and damage in the maritime environment, minimize the risk to responders, optimize the use of resources, and remain a world leader in maritime SAR experience and effectiveness.

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