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United States Coast Guard
News Release
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Coast Guard releases Top 10 videos of 2011, two Texas units selected

HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday the release of its Top 10 video compilation for 2011, highlighting the year's most compelling cases from the work done every day by America's Coast Guard.

Two videos from Texas units, Air Station Corpus Christi and the Coast Guard Cutter Heron, were selected to participate in the "Coast Guard 2011 Video of the Year" contest.

The Coast Guard 2011 Video of the Year contest in which the public is invited to vote for their favorite video. The contest began Dec. 22, with voting open through Jan. 13, 2012. Starting Dec. 22, and continuing through Dec. 31, the Coast Guard's official blog, the Coast Guard Compass, will publish one of the Top 10 videos each day including commentary from a service member who participated in the mission. Voting for the 2011 Video of the Year will remain open through Jan. 13, 2012, so each video will have ample opportunity to be "Liked."

Each day of the contest people may vote for their favorite videos by choosing “Like” on the Coast Guard's Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2011 Videos of the Year playlist.

"The service of Coast Guard men and women is often out of sight of the public occurring offshore, at night or at the height of a ferocious storm at sea, so we are proud to show citizens our Top 10 videos that represent this work," said Capt. Ron LaBrec, chief of Coast Guard public affairs. "We are part of the communities we serve throughout the country. The Coast Guard has the ability to deploy military capability, law enforcement authority and life-saving expertise whenever and wherever needed to safeguard our nation and its citizens."

The two Texas unit videos are:

Title: South Padre Island jetty rescue. This video will be available for voting on Dec. 28.

Caption: The Coast Guard rescues a man trapped on the rocks near the South Padre Island jetty March 5, 2011. U.S Coast Guard video by Air Station Corpus Christi.

This video is part of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2011. You can vote for your favorite video hereby clicking “like” or by visiting the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page: Facebook.com/USCoastGuard.

B-roll location: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1150877
Youtube location:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy6GJiQ8n10&feature=mr_meh&list=PLD9CDB68E604CDAAE&lf=plpp_video&playnext=0

Title: Sea turtles released. This video will be available for voting on Dec. 26.

Caption:Coast Guard members release eight Kemp's Ridley and two Loggerhead turtles in conjunction with members of the Moody Garden's Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 14, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.

This video is part of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2011. You can vote for your favorite video hereby clicking “like” or by visiting the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page: Facebook.com/USCoastGuard.

B-roll location: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1327378
Youtube location:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhJSL1k2pNg

In 2011, the Coast Guard:

Responded to more than 22,000 search and rescue cases and saved more than 4,300 lives.

Screened more than 257,000 commercial vessels carrying 71 million crewmembers and passengers prior to arrival in U.S. ports.

Investigated 4,650 marine casualties, including two marine boards of investigation.

Seized more than 37,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 200,000 pounds of cocaine bound for the United States.

Conducted more than 11,000 inspections on U.S. vessels and 9,000 port state control safety and environmental exams on foreign vessels.

Interdicted more than 2,000 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States from the sea.




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