Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - On Tuesday, Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, congratulated the U.S. Coast Guard for its 230th year anniversary.
The 17th District serves all of Alaska and encompasses over 47,300 miles of shoreline throughout the state and the Arctic.
“I want to thank the brave men and women who protect my district and our state from danger and help protect our citizens, their property, and the environment we live in,” Sen. Stedman said. “On behalf of our communities, I would like to honor USCG District 17, which is always there to help and protect Alaskans when they call for help in distress.”
Throughout the pandemic, District 17 has adapted and maintained operational readiness to continue missions and response.
“The Coast Guard pushes the limit in responding to maritime incidents and we are thankful that they are always at the ready to respond to emergencies,” Sen. Stedman said.
During an average month, the District 17 Coast Guard saves 22 lives, assists 53 people, reports and investigates 25 marine causalities, performs 143 commercial fishing vessel safety exams, saves over $1.65 million in property, and performs 95 marine inspections.
They have been serving the Last Frontier since 1867.