Several recent graduates of the Salish Rescue youth program have gone on to use their training in maritime careers and volunteer service.
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
Erik Hansen (current, graduating 2017) has been working as a deckhand on Puget Sound Express whalewatching vessels for 3 years; he has amassed enough sea time that he plans to stand for his Captain’s license as soon as he turns 18. He is currently applying to California Maritime Academy for college. 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.