reality show based in Alaska will debut next month. Commanding Officer of
Kodiak Air Station Captain Bill Deal said people from the Weather Channel called
him earlier this year with the idea for the aptly titled "Coast Guard Alaska."
-- (Coast Show 1 :12 sec "They
wanted to... weather is challenging.")
production crew has been in Kodiak since May. Producer J.P. Saladin says the
show will be less about the interpersonal drama audiences have come to expect
from so-called reality television and more about day-to-day operations of the
Coast Guard in the last frontier.
-- (Coast Show 2 :17 sec "I
think it what... often very successful.")
that before the production crew was allowed to film they had to make
sure their cameras wouldn't interfere with the Coast Guard's instrumentation.
And then there was the possibility of something going wrong on a mission.
-- (Coast Show 3 :17 sec "We
have some pretty... not be a liability.")
might even recognize footage in the show from recent events in the news. Just
last week a boat was stranded- due to mechanical failures- ten miles north of
Egegik. The boat's owner tried to contact friends to tow him but the seas were
too rough, so he called the King Salmon police who then contacted the Coast
Guard. By the time the Coast Guard helicopter arrived the boat had made it to
land but the passengers were nowhere to be found. Saladin and his crew weren't
allowed to go on the mission until later, but he recalls what he heard over the
radio when the rescuers first found the boat.
-- (Coast Show 4 :9 sec "
It was just... no one was to be found.")
Saladin and his crew were allowed go to the scene on a C-130 that went to
support the mission. After several hours the boat's stranded passengers were
found safe in a cabin. Saladin says the whole operation was fascinating to
-- (Coast Show 5 :14 sec "That
was really... a lot of different moving parts.")
that the production crew has gone on just about every mission they've done in
the last few months. He joked with the production crew that there is more fun
to be had come February should they decide to extend the series.
-- (Coast Show 6 :11 sec "Now
you seen what... can't film in the dark.")
which will include footage from Kodiak. Sitka, Ketchikan, Cordova and the
Bering Sea- is scheduled for six
episodes with the first airing on November 9th.