Even if you've seen it already, this Coast Guard footage of a recent rescue is worth watching again. Just before a recent and well-forecast blizzard, an Australian father and son left to sail their recently purchased boat home from Rhode Island. 200 miles later, they abandoned ship off Nantucket. Thanks to this helicopter team, they lived to tell about it—though the boat is still drifting somewhere off the east coast.

Many knowledgeable skippers have questioned why they left harbor. No one can question the bravery and skill of this US Coast Guard helicopter crew, who —in spite of reported 25 foot seas and 60 knot winds—makes the rescue look like a walk in the park.

We don't thank these guys enough, and I hope I never need them. But it's very nice to know they're ready to go, even in a winter blizzard.

Coast Guard rescues Australian sailors

Coast Guard rescues Australian sailors

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