59º North Podcast: Ret. USCG Rescue Swimmer Mario Vittone

3 Aug

Mario Vittone is a Navy vet and retired USCG rescue swimmer with a resume that will blow your mind. Andy got in touch with him via a mutual friend, and had an interesting chat about his experience in helo rescues at sea, cold water immersion, safety offshore and more. They discussed the recent Cheeki Rafiki search, the sinking of the Bounty and how Mario’s career has recently transitioned from on-the-scene rescue ops to consultancy work and a successful writing career. Mario writes regularly on gCaptain.com and for various industry magazines and publications. Check out his own website at mariovittone.com. Enjoy episode 41!

This article was syndicated from Sailing Blog - 59º North


  1. Ben Hoffacker III

    I shall check out Mario Vittone’s website with interest. I attended a two week Boating Safety Instructor course at the Coast Guard academy in Newport News while acting as New Mexico’s Boating Law Administrator. I was very impressed by the instructors as well as the cadets and gained new insight into the services they all provide. I then dropped back from the state capital to the “field” as a Marine Enforcement Officer and ran a 25 foot patrol boat for 8 years on our biggest lake working drownings, search & rescues and ensuring the navigation system was accurate. What a thrilling and compelling job. It was there Andy & Mia that I learned to sail. I follow your stories in Sail Magazine with great interest! We spoke years ago by phone.

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