Coastie the Safety Boat Arrives in Williamsburg

by David H. Gamble, Flotilla Public Affairs Officer

Williamsburg Flotilla #67 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is proud to announce that its Recreational Boating Safety mission will now be helped by a new assistant: Coastie the Safety Boat.
"Coastie" is a fully animated robot; he moves, speaks, listens, and activates his lights and horns all by remote control. He can wink, blink and move his eyes and will present a friendly image to young and old alike. Shaped like a real boat, Coastie is the ideal symbol to promote boating safety. He is just the right size for teaching children. He can communicate with children at their eye level. With his rotating beacon, spotlight, horn, and siren, he is highly visible and will help teach valuable water safety concepts to children. Coastie was purchased by a generous, anonymous donor, interested in the welfare of local boating public.

On Saturday, August 22, 2016, Coastie made his debut at Ford's Colony Day. He greeted dozens of people with friendly messages to encourage safety on the water. His first appearance was well-received by the residents, bringing smiles all around. Coastie's next event will be this Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Estuaries Day at York River State Park, where the Williamsburg Flotilla also will have boating safety displays.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization of 30,000 men and women established in 1939. The overarching mission of the Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. The local Flotilla consists of almost 50 members who balance the missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security and other challenges. Please visit us on Facebook at "WilliamsburgFlotilla67" to learn more about us.

For inquiries about scheduling Coastie for an event, or to inquire about membership in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, please contact the Williamsburg Flotilla Commander, Carl Pearson, at

This item was posted by a community contributor.

Copyright © 2017, The Virginia Gazette