Finally – some plausible reasons behind the Coast Guard’s closure of the Newport Helo Air Rescue Base
Commercial Fisherman and prominent Newport area figure Herb Goblirsch walked into the Lincoln County Commission meeting Wednesday morning and dropped a bomb on the place – a credible explanation on why the Coast Guard is so intent on closing down their Newport Air Helo Rescue base.
Goblirsch says his research shows that Congress went home without approving a Border Protection appropriation. Without funds from that appropriation to intercept tens of thousands of Latin American children at the border and tens of thousands more from other Central American countries, it is bankrupting the Department of Homeland Security border operations. Goblirsch says the Director of Homeland Security, who has enormous powers, raided the budgets of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Safety Administration AND THE COAST GUARD to the tune of $405 million dollars. Budgets approved last year for all three federal agencies have been thrown out the window and it appears there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Homeland Security has a lot of power.
Goblirsch said he attended this week’s Newport Town Hall Meeting dealing with the Coast Guard’s intended closing of the Newport helo air rescue operations. He told commissioners that he asked one of the coast guard brass where the two soon-to-be “homeless” air rescue choppers are being transferred to. Goblirsch said the response was, “Nowhere,” they’re being de-commissioned.” Goblirsch said that leaves just three Coast Guard Air Rescue helos to patrol the entire Oregon Coast. Three.
And of course each county commissioner could do the math. If one helo has a mechanical problem, you’re down to two. If the weather is bad where another one is based, you’re down to 1. Which is like no coverage at all.
The numbers are clear. The situation is beyond outrage. This is the richest country on Earth and we’re told, in so many words, that people will just have to start dying because the federal government can’t seem to figure out how to properly run the country.