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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program on Modern Sea Rescue

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Date: August 4, 2009
Contact: Sue Haley, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

The ocean is a nourishing, peaceful place enjoyed by millions of people each year. However, it can also be an unforgiving, harsh environment. When there are problems in coastal waters and people need help, they depend on the United States Coast Guard to answer that call. Join Coast Guard Lieutenant Matthew Hunt from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod for a free, one hour presentation on modern sea rescue on August 11 at 7:00 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center. 

With the mission, “Always Ready! First to Fly!,” the U.S. Coast Guard on Cape Cod is prepared to respond to an emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, even in the stormiest of weather. During this multimedia presentation, Lieutenant Hunt will discuss how the U.S. Coast Guard protects and saves lives, and show images and video of rescues at sea. 

The program is part of the “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge, and accessible. The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles and games. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.


Did You Know?

Piping Plover

Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the most important nesting areas for the federally-threatened Piping Plover. Abundant in the 19th century, the beach-nesting Piping Plover declined in the 20th century, but have begun to recover as a result of active protection and visitor education.