Mario Vittone is a retired U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, who for 22 years rescued boaters in distress from the turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. He served two tours as a rescue swimmer at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and one at Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana. Vittone was also an instructor and course developer at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City before retiring in 2013. An expert in immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival and safety at sea, he today writes and lectures on boating safety and search-and-rescue topics for popular print publications.
LIFELINES: Safety And Rescue At Sea will be Vittone's weekly blog for Soundings, sharing what he's learned about planning ahead, to better ensure that all your adventures afloat have happy endings.
Mention drowning and we all tend to envision a person in the water waving his hands, splashing and screaming for help. That’s not even remotely close to what a drowning person looks like, writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
Mario Vittone's latest post on his Soundings Magazine Lifelines blog
Soundings Magazine's regular contributor, Mario Vittone dives deep on cold water immersion in this post on his lifelines blog