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Laser Strike terminates training

A Coast Guard boatcrew was hit by a green laser light while underway near the Squalicum Harbor area of Bellingham, Wednesday night, ending a valuable training opportunity due to medical concerns.

The crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, had to return to base and a backup boatcrew had to be called to stand the remainder of the watch.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were notified of the incident by the affected boatcrew at 8:30 p.m. The incident cancelled the scheduled routine operations with a helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

The local harbor security office and Watcom County police responded to the location near Boulevard Park, but were unable to locate the suspected violators.

If anybody has any information about this incident or other green laser light incidents, they are encouraged to contact their local Coast Guard unit or local law enforcement.