Friday, October 04, 2013

Coast Guard Search and Rescue Hurt by Government Shutdown

People Could be Lost at Sea Because of Insufficient Satellite Data

HEAVY SEAS: Coast Guard cutter. Photo by USCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

The U.S. Coast Guard needs three radar satellites to produce the data for computer-generated models of ocean winds and currents--information that is essential for search and rescue operations.

Because of the government shutdown, however, only one radar satellite is currently available to the Coast Guard.

So people could be lost at sea because of the shutdown.

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