U.S. Coast Guard partners with Norwegian Cruise Lines for emergency exercise in U.S.V.I
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August 9 '07: The U.S. Coast Guard will participate in a mock emergency exercise on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I with Norwegian Cruise Lines today the Coast Guard News reported. The one-day exercise is a full-scale operation officials said.
Capt. Raymond Perry, U.S. Coast Guard San Juan Deputy Commander told Coast Guard News, "whether it is caused by a natural disaster or an accident involving a passenger plane or vessel; locating and rescuing, keeping track track of, and caring for rescued persons can become overwhelming very quickly. Fire, police, rescue and medical services, as well as private sector responders, must come together quickly and operate under one well-coordinated organization to save lives. This exercise will help prepare us to do just that."NCL will provide the simulated cruise ship, complete with passengers who will disembark on St. Thomas. Members of NCL's incident response team in Miami will be on hand as well. A press release from NCL read, "industry stakeholders participating also include the Cruise Line International Association, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Transportation Safety Administration, American Red Cross, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, Virgin Islands Emergency Medical Services, Virgin Islands Office of Homeland Security, Virgin Islands Law Enforcement, Saint Thomas Police Department. Virgin Islands Fire Service, the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, and the Virgin Islands Taxi Alliance."
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