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Episode 174 – Part 1 – Phillip Powell, US Coast Guard Flight Mech

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In Part 1 of this two-part episode, host Jason Quinn of The Real ResQ is joined by retired U.S. Coast Guard flight mechanic Phillip Powell.

Powell shares his experiences and challenges in hoisting and rescuing people during his time in the Coast Guard. He recounts memorable rescues in Savannah, Georgia, and during Hurricane Katrina. 

Powell also talks about his very first rescue, where six people were stuck in a boat in the mud. Then he shares a few more memorable rescues, including two people rescued off of a sailboat and another of a man having chest pain who needed to be hoisted off a boat. Powell details a few more of his experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In addition, Powell discusses his experience as part of the Coast Guard Standardization Team (STAN Team) and the Advanced Helicopter Rescue School (AHRS), and shares a harrowing hoist runaway incident and speaks about the importance of proper hoist procedures. Enjoy!

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