Encl. (2) to COMDTINST 16750.8A
(Clarifies the relationship of Coast Guard/State authority in search and rescue
The State and the Coast Guard agree to coordinate their search and rescue operations
so that the most effective assistance will be rendered to those in distress on the
waters within the State. To this end, each will encourage the establishment of
mutual assistance and cooperative arrangements between Coast Guard and State
facilities that are established in the same area. The competent authority for
providing Federal search and rescue assistance on the Federal waters within the
State is the Commander, __________ Coast Guard District, (Address). This
authority is exercised through Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) (Location),
telephone number ___________. The competent authority for exercising
coordination of State search and rescue activities on waters within the State is
_____________, telephone number ____________ (or other means of contact).
(Provides agreement on coordination of effort and identifies the SAR agents of the
State and the Coast Guard.)
The State and the Coast Guard agree to actively support and participate in local
search and rescue workshops, water safety councils and other such organizations to
foster closer cooperation and coordination among State and local agencies, Federal
agencies and others who have an interest or responsibility in search and rescue
(Provides agreement on joint support of local water safety bodies.)
Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Under Section 141 of Title 14 United States Code, the services of members of the
Coast Guard Auxiliary may be used to assist the State in the promotion of boating
safety and other activities for which Auxiliarists are especially qualified, when
requested by proper State authority. The State fully supports the Coast Guard
Auxiliary's programs, in particular, those to do with Courtesy Marine Examination,
safety patrols and public education. The State welcomes the presence of the
Auxiliary on all waters for these purposes.
On those occasions when assistance by the Coast Guard Auxiliary is expressly
desired by the State for a specific purpose, such requests for assistance will be
initiated by competent authority in the State (BLA or other designee) and will
be directed to the Director of Auxiliary, (Coast Guard District). Such requests will
be submitted not less than 14 days in advance to permit processing and coordination.