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French and Creignou to represent United States in 2012 Paralympics

Congratulations to Jen French and Jean Paul Breignou, both from St Petersburg, who will be representing the United States in sailing in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Jen is a Salty Sister at the St Petersburg Yacht Club.

Jen suffered a spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident and needs to be lifted into the sailboat by a harness; Jean Paul is blind. Together they make a formidable team.


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EC-SAR Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team

 EC-SAR, the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team is one of the most respected rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida. They are known to many boaters, since they get more than 500 rescue calls per year, but too few people know that they work closely with the US Coast Guard, 911 medical response and other state and local agencies. Due to their location, they are often the first responders to a disaster. In 1980 EC-SAR found national prominence when they were one of the first rescue units to the Skyway Bridge disaster.

EC-SAR is a unique curriculum program at Eckerd that I don’t think is duplicated at any other college. Students go through very rigorous training in boating safety, navigation, seamanship, rescue, fire fighting, and more. The students who staff EC-SAR are dedicated professionals. They utilize four rescue boats and have an operations and communication center that is staffed 24/7. Last fall they celebrated 40 years of service, saving lives.

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