As most of you have heard now, the US Coast Guard received a distress call from the Rebel Heart, a sailboat about 1000 miles out from Cabo San Lucas on a Pacific crossing. Onboard was a mother, father, and two children; they reported that their six year-old daughter had fallen ill and was in need of medical attention. This set in motion a complicated, joint rescue operation consisting of Coast Guard, Navy, and California Air National Guard assets.

Note: Pararescuemen are the only Department of Defense specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations.


Photo: 31st Rescue Squadron, perform a high altitude low opening jump over Ie Shima Island, Japan courtesy USAF