Today we’ll talk about the achievements of an intrepid young Oregon woman who has become one of only 15 women to become a USCG surfman. Surfmen are those skiilled folks on board the motor lifeboats that go out regularly on our local waters saving lives, often under challenging conditions.

Photo Credit: USCG DVIDS archives: The instructors, crew and students of the National Motor Lifeboat School, Ilwaco, Wash., practice at the entrance of the Columbia River Bar on Feb. 08, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Thielen.