Coast Guard open house at Indian River

Saturday, May 21 is Armed Forces Day, and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary (volunteer arm of the Coast Guard) and USCG proper will mark the occasion with an open house at the Indian River Inlet station.
The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and highlight National Safe Boating Week.

USCG’s Rear Admiral Sally Brice O’Hara, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and a variety of other dignitaries are scheduled to attend for a proclamation signing.

In addition, visitors will have a chance to peruse a veritable pantheon of informational booths and displays, courtesy of the agencies noted below:

• USCG and the USCG Auxiliary

• Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

• Various Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) departments

• Marine Police

• Delaware State Police (DSP) — command truck

• Sheriff’s Department

• Office of the State Fire Marshall and Delaware Fire School

• Traffic Safety

• Division of Public Health and American Red Cross

• Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) — 911 van

• Center for the Inland Bays and Delaware Clean Marina

• Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts

• Operation Lifesaver

There will be a Lower Sussex Bassmasters Casting Kids contest, a bicycle rodeo, various boats on display, and if everyone’s really lucky, the USCG will provide a helicopter search and rescue (SAR) demonstration.

The public is cordially invited to attend.