U.S. COAST GUARDSMAN SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES SUFFERED DURING A SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION
|USCGC WAESCHE PHOTO BY United States Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf|
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Boatswains Mate Third Class Travis Raymond Obendorff, a 9 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Petty Officer Obendorff was a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WAESCHE. He died today of injuries sustained during search and rescue operations on November 11, 2013. The WAESCHE on November 11, 2013 was at Cold Bay, Alaska responding to a search and rescue case involving a fishing vessel. Petty Officer Obendorff was assisting people in disembarking the stricken vessel to a WAESCHE small craft when he received unspecified "severe injuries". Petty Officer Obendorff according to an account by the Commandant of the Coast Guard released today put up a "valiant fight" for life over the last month but succumbed to his injuries at 1134 Pacific standard time. However his fight for life allowed him to die with his family and some shipmates surrounding him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and shipmates of Petty Officer Obendorff. We also remind our readers as this news comes right after our recent descriptions of so many of the world's coast guard services, that the coast guards of every nation that has one risk their lives daily in the service of their fellow man, especially their countrymen. They deserve your support and prayers. Their work is important and dangerous.
Johnas Presbyter, editor