Safety Under Sail Forum: Timing is Everything

Safety Under Sail Forum: Timing is Everything -May Day, Pan Pan

Mario Vittone,  VLink Corporation
Commander Jeffrey Janszen, USCG
CAPT Timothy Farley, USCG Office of Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Captain John Eginton, Mystic Whaler

When someone is injured, or the water is rising, or machinery has failed, weather is deteriorating –experience has shown that mariner’s frequently wait to notify rescue services of their condition. A call to have that service on standby can shave hours off their arrival time if you end up needing them on the scene. A panel of mariners and USCG experts will discuss this topic.

Mario Vittone 

Mario Vittone
Mario Vittone

Mario Vittone has been heading offshore since 1985. His first experience with at-sea emergencies came that first year as ship’s company aboard the USS Coral Sea, a WWII era aircraft carrier. Joining the Coast Guard in 1991 he worked at Training Center Cape May before transferring to the Cutter Point Franklin as a helmsman and small boat coxswain. He graduated from Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School in 1994 and began his career as a rescue swimmer with two tours at Air Station Elizabeth City, one at Air Station New Orleans, then finally as an instructor and course developer at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. He recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard following  four years as a vessel inspector and accident investigator in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mario is a leading expert on immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival, and safety at sea. His writing has appeared in Yachting Magazine, SaltWater Sportsman, MotorBoating Magazine, Lifelines, On-Scene, and Reader’s Digest. He has developed courses for municipal rescue teams and the military on search and rescue tactics and open ocean survival. In 2007, he was named as the Coast Guard Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year and was named as the 2009 recipient of the Alex Haley Award for Journalism.

He now directs the maritime safety division of VLinc Corporation where he overseas the development of maritime safety and security training products, helping mariners come home safely from their work at sea. Mario lives with his wife and children in Coastal Virginia, and when he’s not writing about the water he can be found on his 32 foot St. Tropez, making sure she stays above it.

Commander Jeffrey Janszen

Commander Janszen enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1989 and graduated from Training Center Cape May, New Jersey as a Basic Training Honor Graduate.  His first tour of duty was at Station Panama City, Florida where he gained valuable experience as a Boat Crewman, Boarding Team Member, and 41’ UTB Coxswain. In 1991, after completing Aviation Survivalman (ASM) “A” School, he served as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia. In 1992, after graduating from Officer Candidate School at Yorktown, Virginia he reported to Coast Guard Group Hampton Roads.  It was in this assignment where he served as the Group’s Law Enforcement Officer and greatly enhanced the Coast Guard’s professional reputation with other state and federal law enforcement agencies.  In July 1995, he reported to the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida, where he served as an Operational Intelligence Officer at the Maritime Intelligence Center.  His duties involved extensive travel throughout the Caribbean and South America to collect information on vessels used for smuggling drugs and migrants to the United States.   From July 1998 to July 2001, he served as Operations Officer at Coast Guard Group Mobile, Alabama.  During this assignment he was responsible for the operations of five small boat stations and five patrol boats.  Noteworthy was his revision of the Group’s Ready for Operations (RFO) program.  In July 2001, he was assigned to the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii and served in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) as a Search and Rescue (SAR) Controller.  After promotion to Lieutenant Commander in July 2003, he became the Assistant Branch Chief for Search and Rescue.  Commander Janszen served as Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) New York from July 2006 to June 2009 and led his deployable unit in over 40 of the nation’s most prominent Anti-Terrorism and National Special Security Events. After completing a two-year assignment in the Doctrine Division of the Force Readiness Command as the Lessons Learned Branch Chief, he moved to the Pacific Area staff in 2011 and was assigned as the Response Operations Planning Branch Chief.  In April 2012, he reported to Sector San Diego as the Deputy Sector Commander where he oversees 465 personnel and multiple air and surface assets that carry out a wide variety of Coast Guard missions.  
Commander Janszen earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in March 2006. His other degrees include a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College in 1984 and an Associate of Arts Degree from Oxford College of Emory University in 1982.  His personal awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal.
Commander Janszen is the proud father of four children and is married to the former DesaRae Atnip of Casper, Wyoming.  DesaRae is also a Commander in the Coast Guard and is assigned to Coast Guard District Eleven as Director of Auxiliary South.

CAPT Timothy Farley

Mr. Timothy J. Farley
Mr. Timothy J. Farley

Mr. Timothy J. Farley is the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigations Division Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis. He is the program manager responsible for administering marine casualty, environmental crimes, marine pollution, and personnel action investigations for the Commandant as well as implementing the drug and alcohol program inspection rules. Mr. Farley holds and maintains an active U.S. Coast Guard License as master, any gross tons, oceans. He has a B.S. of business management, marine transportation from SUNY Maritime College

Captain John Eginton

John Eginton
John Eginton

Capt John Eginton has been sailing professionally since 1976.  Beginning his career with six seasons on the Victory Chimes of Castine, Maine, Capt. Eginton went on to sail as mate on the schooner Voyager of Mystic, CT and as 2nd Mate on Pride of Baltimore. He has commanded the schooners Charlotte Anne (1 year), Mystic Clipper (6 years), and Mystic Whaler (24 years).  In the off seasons, Capt. Eginton has done numerous yacht deliveries and private charters, and had the privilege of sailing aboard the Coast Guard Barque EAGLE.  He has also served as captain of a 70 ft. motor yacht and as mate and captain for Connecticut Pilots Association for ten years.  In 1995 Capt. Eginton purchased the schooner Mystic Whaler from the yard where she had been abandoned, and directed a substantial refit.  He now embarks on his 20th year as owner, providing passenger cruises and educational programs ranging from 3 hours to 5 days.

Capt. Eginton serves on the board of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, and is past commodore of the American Schooner Association.


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