Photo: Buoy Tender Olympics

William Scark, hat, Josh Sheppard, center, and Ron Benke, right, pull with the encouragement of their Spar boatmates as they compete in a tug-of-war against a team from the Fir in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Buoy Tender Olympics held at Station Juneau downtown on Wednesday. The 17th Coast Guard District began their annual buoy tender roundup in Juneau Sunday with the arrival of cutters based in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia. This year’s roundup brings together the crews of six buoy tenders: SPAR, Fir, Maple, Henry Blake and Anthony Petit, and the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett. The five-day event will allow crewmembers to receive specialized training in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, first aid and personnel management.

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