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Dr. Kevin McMeel Blogger

Physician Kevin McMeel is a seasoned offshore sailor and Canadian ER Doctor at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in British Columbia. He is a legendary navigator that has logged countless Transpac and ocean miles. Kevin served as British sailor Ellen MacArthur’s on call doctor during her 2005 world record breaking single-handed non-stop circumnavigation. He also assisted Ellen with navigation aboard the 110-foot catamaran Kingfisher 2 in her 2002 Jules Verne round-the-world attempt. He’s the kind of sailor you want aboard when you go offshore.

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OSCS Douglas Samp Blogger

Senior Chief Douglas Samp is the Command Center Supervisor and one of three Search Mission Coordinators for US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco with Search and Rescue responsibilities that include San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Lake Tahoe, and 200 nautical miles offshore from Gualala Point to San Luis Obispo County. His Coast Guard career spans 24 years with 10 years of sea time aboard patrol boats in the Caribbean, a buoy tender out of Honolulu, and a Polar Ice Breaker. Senior Chief Samp has been a SAR Controller at Rescue Coordination Center Alameda, Rescue Sub Center Guam, and Sector San Diego.

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Matt Keeney Blogger

Matt is a seasoned search and rescue specialist. He served in Her Majesties Coastguard as SAR Mission Coordinator and Deputy Watch Manager leading officers on SAR missions. He’s effective at multiple rescue techniques: cliff and mud, helicopter/winching, lifeboats and multi-agency. Matt graduated from the Southampton Maritime College in England with a diploma in Marine Technology and Boat Building. Matt served 2 years for the British Antarctic Survey, holds a MCA/200T Master and volunteered on Hamble Lifeboat for medical, collisions and vessels in distress. He once responded to a peculiar ‘dog overboard’ call and successfully recovered a tired and soggy labrador who fully recovered.

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