SAN DIEGO — Coast Guard personnel, San Diego and Los Angeles county lifeguards, harbor police, emergency response organizations and first responders conducted a mass SAR exercise off the San Diego coast Tuesday.
The purpose of the search and rescue exercise was to improve coordination, communication and response techniques among the participating agencies during a mass rescue event by placing multiple individuals in the ocean at the same time.
Participants in the water posed as stranded and distressed divers, recreational boaters and surfers.
“We aim to maximize our preparedness in service to the San Diego community,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Edes, the Sector San Diego emergency management chief. “We achieve this by practicing with our exceptional local partners to improve communications and interoperability.”
The following agencies participated in the exercise:
- Lifeguard fire and rescue crews throughout San Diego County
- San Diego Harbor Police
- San Diego city emergency medical services (EMS) personnel
- San Diego first responders
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