Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef Expedition 2014
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Tuesday: April 22, 2014
Log Day 3

Amy Rath
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Teacher at Sea Jamie Morris suited for abandon-ship drill.

NOAA Teacher at Sea Jamie Morris suited for abandon-ship drill.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

As we depart the safe harbor and head out into the weather of the open sea, we practice some life-saving measures, such as abanadon-ship, man-overboard and blackout drills to prepare for potential emergencies on-board the ship.

As bells and whistles sound the alarm on-board the ship, all of the ship's crew and science members respond to a drill by scattering to gather the personal protective equipment they will need to abandon the ship. In just moments, all have arrived on deck and assembled to their designated life-raft stations donning life-vests, hats, long-sleeve shirts, sunglasses, and bottled water.

Survey technician Nick Mitchell suited for safety drill.

Survey technician Nick Mitchell suited for safety drill.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

The newest members of the science crew were then required to race against the clock into survival suits, also affectionately referred to by the crew as 'gumby suits'

A final drill simulated a blackout situation on-board the ship and required all crew members to navigate while wearing blind-folds over their eyes from their bunk rooms through the ship's halls and stairwells to the nearest exit and onto the decks. For safety during the drill, blind-folded crew members were led by the sound of an observing officer's voice.

Blackout safety drill.

During a blackout saftey drill, ENS Carmen DeFazio is blind-folded and led to safety by vessel cook Bob Burroughs.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

Regularly scheduled safety drills such as these promote rapid response by crew members for making potentially life-saving decisions in the event of an actual emergency.


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