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Coast Guard takes on giant surf in epic training session


When a massive swell slammed Oregon recently, the U.S. Coast Guard sent motor lifeboat crews into the pounding surf for an epic day of maneuvers.

The maneuvers involved two motor lifeboats from U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.

“This was a special day on the Oregon Coast with 20- to 25-foot wave faces on a day that there was little wind and it was sunny,” said  Jeremy Burke, who was shooting from the dunes at South Beach State Park. “Close to perfect conditions.”

Burke said maneuvers lasted three hours and that one of the vessels was the 52-foot motor lifeboat Victory, built in 1956. The Victory is one of four 52-foot motor lifeboats operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, which describes them as “virtually unsinkable.”

(The victory is white; the gray motor lifeboat photographed by Burke measured 47 feet.)

The station often schedules training sessions on days when high surf and/or high winds are in the forecast.


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