Coastie the Safety Boat is Commissioned

By David H. Gamble, Flotilla Public Affairs Officer

Williamsburg Flotilla #67 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is proud to announce that Coastie the Safety Boat has been commissioned and placed into service. District Commodore David Adams served as the commissioning officer at a recent ceremony held in Williamsburg and attended by members of the local Flotilla.

"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. Coastie is available to meet with youth groups interested in the boating safety message.

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.

To inquire about Coastie or the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please contact the Williamsburg Flotilla Commander, Bob Williams, at fc@flotilla67.us.

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