Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct waterborne missions in Sitka throughout July and August as Sector Juneau augments its capabilities with small boat teams from the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Seattle.
The goals of the mission include search and rescue, recreational and commercial vessel safety, and the protection of Alaska's living marine resources.
Cmdr. Byron Hayes, the Sector Juneau Chief of Response said the Coast Guard will maintain a regular presence on the water and conduct routine boardings at sea, "The Coast Guard is carefully planning operations with an elevated awareness of the threat the current global pandemic poses to Alaskan communities."
Hayes duties include search and rescue, pollution response, and law enforcement in Southeast Alaska, "We are excited to serve the city of Sitka this summer and are fully committed to taking hypervigilant precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 as we prepare for increased boating traffic."