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DAVE ROGERS’ IMAGES OF COAST GUARD TRAINING REVEAL THE GREAT LENGTHS PUBLIC SERVANTS GO TO KEEP US SAFE ON THE WATER.

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Hard-charging images of a Coast Guard training session recently went viral. These photos tell more than 1,000 words.

Going viral isn’t new for Dave Rogers. Last summer, his video of a humpback whale surfacing perilously close to his kayak cascaded across the internet. And this winter, his series of images of a Coast Guard training session quickly captivated the nation’s attention.

Rogers, a civil engineer in the Bay Area, usually photograph­s wildlife—hence the viral whale. On December 13, 2018, he was headed to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to capture surfers in 11foot swells. He saw three cameramen on a dune along Highway 1 and thought, “Okay, there’s surfers here.” He approached the gathering spot on a knee scooter, broken leg in tow, and peered over the dune. There were surfers, but that’s not what caught his eye.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco has a team that specialize­s in rescuing people and watercraft in breaking surf. Two 47-foot boats, each with at least four crew members, respond to emer-

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