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Coast Guard Cutters Ready to Respond From Hilo Pier

August 24, 2018, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated August 24, 5:25 PM
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Coast Guard Cutters Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) and Joesph Gerczak (WPC 1126) shelter in Hilo Aug. 24, 2018. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Niemi/Released

Coast Guard Cutters Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) and Joesph Gerczak (WPC 1126) are sheltering at the pier in Hilo on Aug. 24, 2018. The Honolulu-based crews are in position out of the path of the storm and ready to respond to emergencies within the state’s waters.

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) launches a small boat and crew to begin a port assessment in Hilo on Aug. 24, 2018. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Niemi/Released

The Honolulu-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter is one of six cutters in Hawai‘i ready to respond to the impacts of the storm.


A Coast Guard small boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) begins a port assessment of the port of Hilo, Aug. 24, 2018. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Niemi/Released

The Coast Guard cutter also launched a small boat and crew to begin a port assessment in Hilo. The team is looking for damage, debris, aids to navigation watching properly and more.


A small boat crew from Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) begins an assessment of the port of Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 24, 2018. PC:  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Niemi/Released

The Coast Guard is working proactively with the State of Hawai‘i and the maritime industry to reopen ports as soon as is safe to do so after the passing of Hurricane Lane.

The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) at the pier in Hilo, Aug. 24, 2018. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ken Franklin/Released

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Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1126) launches their small boat to begin a port assessment in the port of Hilo, Hawai‘i, Aug. 24, 2018. The Coast Guard, working with the State of Hawaii and maritime industry will reopen the ports as soon as is safe to do so. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Niemi/Released)

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) and Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) moored at Hilo Bay, Hawai‘i, Aug. 23, 2018.

The vessels departed Oahu to avoid the storm and stage to be prepared to respond. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Josh Martin/Released

The vessels departed Oahu to avoid the storm and stage to be prepared to respond. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Josh Martin/Released

Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircraft await tasking in response to Hurricane Lane at Hilo International Airport, Aug. 24, 2018. The Coast Guard was working closely with federal, state and local authorities to prepare for Hurricane Lane. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Billy Mapakoi/Released

An Air Station Barbers Point aircrew works on a HC-130 Hercules aircraft at Hilo International Airport, Aug. 24, 2018. The aircrew were standing by to respond to emergencies caused by Hurricane Lane. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Billy Mapakoi/Released

An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 aircraft awaits tasking at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii, in response to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 24, 2018. Coast Guard units across the Hawaiian Islands were standing by to respond to distress calls caused by the hurricane. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Billy Mapakoi/Released

Air Station Barbers Point aircrew members Petty Officer 3rd Class Rob Miller, Petty Officer 2rd Class Paden Cane and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kate Sonagere conduct maintenance checks on a HC-130 Hercules aircraft at Hilo International Airport, Aug 24, 2018. The Hercules was in Hilo to await tasking in response to Hurricane Lane. PC: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Billy Mapakoi/Released

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