Coast Guard Alaska

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  • TV-G
  • 2011
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.3  (74)

Coast Guard Alaska is a documentary series featured on the Weather Channel that follows the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard in their daily battle to maintain law and order in the tumultuous waters of Alaska. The show was narrated by Caleb Thomas and premiered on November 9, 2011.

Alaska is known for its rugged coastline and unpredictable weather. The series focuses on the daily lives of the Coast Guard men and women stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, one of the most hazardous and remote areas of the world. The show gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of their duties, from search and rescue missions to law enforcement and marine safety.

Each episode of the show documents the officers handling various types of emergencies, including rescuing people stranded in freezing water or on broken boats, responding to strong waves and heavy winds from intense storms, and enforcing rules and regulations that keep shipping lanes clear and protected.

The Coast Guard in Alaska is responsible for more than 47,000 miles of coastline and over a million square miles of water. The officers' duties involve protecting the marine ecosystem, preventing smuggling and other illegal activities, and ensuring public safety. The show illustrates the daily risks and dangers that come with being a Coast Guard in one of the most dangerous and isolated areas of the world.

What sets the show apart is that it is not dramatized, scripted, or acted, but a real-life depiction of what happens on the job. The show's focus is mainly on the Kodiak air station, which is home to a fleet of helicopters, equipped with rescue swimmers, paramedics, and pilots, who are always on-call for emergencies. Through the cameras' lens, viewers get to witness the process of receiving calls and dispatching teams for rescue operations. The officers work as a team to locate people in distress, transport them to safety, and provide medical assistance in extreme conditions, often working in darkness or heavy storms.

In addition to the Coast Guard Air Station, the show also features the work of the Station Kodiak cutters, a fleet of boats that patrol the Alaska coast. The cutters' officers are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws on boats, such as fishing restrictions, licensing, and pollution prevention.

The show also highlights the officers' lifestyle outside of their duties, showcasing how they cope with the challenges of living so far away from their loved ones, and the community's high reliance on the Coast Guard for safety. The officers have families, pets, and hobbies that they pursue, which provide a welcome respite from their dangerous jobs.

Another unique aspect of the show is the wildlife that officers encounter during their patrols, including whales, seals, bears, and eagles. The cameras capture breathtaking aerial shots of Alaska's glaciers and mountains, and the natural beauty of the landscape. The landscapes serve as a stunning backdrop for the officers' daily responsibilities while maintaining a delicate balance with the environment.

In conclusion, Coast Guard Alaska offered an authentic, in-the-moment portrayal of the brave men and women who serve in Alaska's Coast Guard, and the difficult tasks they undertake daily. The show offers viewers a glimpse into a part of the country that few outsiders get to see, and the importance of the Coast Guard's role in the community. The show premiered its third and final season on April 9, 2014, leaving behind a legacy of authentic, real-life drama that continued to captivate its audience until the very end.

Coast Guard Alaska is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (42 episodes). The series first aired on November 9, 2011.

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Thank You Coast Guard Alaska
8. Thank You Coast Guard Alaska
April 13, 2015
Aircrews launch into unforgiving conditions to rescue a young woman gone missing, an elderly woman with heart pain and two severely injured males. When no one else will fly, the Coast Guard will launch to the rescue.
For All Their Efforts
7. For All Their Efforts
April 6, 2015
Time is critical for an overturned skiff with two people in the water, a man experiencing kidney failure and two stranded individuals. The Coast Guard must respond amidst rapidly deteriorating conditions.
Hook, Line and Sinker
6. Hook, Line and Sinker
March 30, 2015
Coast Guard crews brave hazardous weather and low visibility to effect multiple rescues - a fisherman with a fishhook lodged in his eye, a woman experiencing a heart attack and a boat in distress following a heated dispute.
Saving the Fallen
5. Saving the Fallen
March 23, 2015
The Coast Guard are called out to help a fisherman at risk of losing his arm and also to help a young man that suffered a dangerous fall.
To Final Flights
4. To Final Flights
March 16, 2015
Air Station Sitka crews must find the quickest route to rescue a logger with severe head trauma and bleeding, and a man whose health is quickly deteriorating. In Kodiak, a motor vessel is hit by a rogue wave that causes multiple injuries.
Sitka Responds
3. Sitka Responds
March 9, 2015
Air Station Sitka departs in deteriorating weather to medevac an infant in dire condition, search for a male aboard an overdue skiff and assist a vessel being pounded by waves.
In a Land Far Away
2. In a Land Far Away
February 16, 2015
Air Station Kodiak faces harsh weather en route to a man with a severed finger, and launches on a long-range SAR for a man injured from a 75-foot fall. In Sitka, aircrews medevac an elderly heart attack patient and a man severely burned in a house fire.
The Wind Was Raging
1. The Wind Was Raging
February 9, 2015
A hunter, stranded for 7 days in Alaska's inhospitable weather is rescued by Air Station Sitka, while in Kodiak, an aircrew battles rough weather to rescue four fishermen forced to abandon ship.
Where to Watch Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska is available for streaming on the Weather Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Coast Guard Alaska on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu, Crackle, Pluto TV, Peacock and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    November 9, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (74)