Several recent graduates of the Salish Rescue youth program have gone on to use their training in maritime careers and volunteer service.
Erik Hansen (2017) has been involved with Salish Rescue since he was 13. He worked as a deckhand for Puget Sound Express throughout high school, and is currently attending the Maine Maritime Academy for college, intending to pursue a maritime leadership career. Hansen has been recognized by the Port Townsend Police Department and Northwest Maritime Center for his rough weather rescue work during the 2015 Race to Alaska. Hansen has participated in 93 separate rescue/response missions. Port Townsend Kiwanis Club awarded Hansen a Teen Leadership Award for his work with Salish Rescue.
Henry Vietenhans (2017) built an engine-less aluminum sharpie for his Port Townsend High School senior project, and raced as Team North2Alaska as part of R2AK 2017. Salish alum Malachi Church crewed for the adventure, along with several other high school classmates, making North2Alaska the youngest R2AK team by a big margin.
Malachi Church (2014) holds an Able Seaman rating from the U.S. Merchant Marine, with extensive offshore time working for Kirby Offshore Marine on Alaska and North Pacific oceangoing tugs. Church lives aboard in Ballard, WA when not at sea.
Isaac Urner (2011) was a certified instructor for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the United Kingdom’s volunteer lifeboat rescue service. Urner spent Spring 2016 in Lesvos, Greece, working with the Atlantic Pacific Rescue Boat project, Lifeguards Hellas, and other NGOs to train international teams responding to the refugee crisis. He holds a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Anchor Jennison (2015) spent four years in Salish Rescue before turning his back on the sea to attend United World College’s International Baccalaureate program in New Mexico. The Port Townsend Kiwanis Club awarded him a Teen Leadership Award for his work with Salish Rescue. In July-August 2016, he was selected by the United States State Department to travel to Tajikistan with the National Security Language Initiative.