Coast Guard Performs A Rescue Mission Unlike Any Other
The Coast Guard are amazing people. They rescue Americans from the most perilous situations on earth and defend our waters.
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But sometimes they are called to unique missions to save the soul of America.
This time is the perfect example.
It was a fairly routine day at Michigan’s Coast Guard Station Saginaw River – until the telephone rang. It was Thursday afternoon, September 18.
A baby eagle had been spotted in the water by the captain of a sailboat. The bird was in distress. It was wounded and could not get up.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Andy Burns was up river conducting a training exercise when he heard the call over the radio.
Burns turned around the 45-foot rescue boat and set a course to find and rescue the wounded bird.
“We spotted her swimming along a sea wall,” the petty officer told me. “She was barely moving. She was using her wings to swim in the water.”