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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary asks for your assistance to help keep southwest Florida safe through the Waterway Watch Program.

Fort Myers Beach, Lee County, Florida -- America’s Waterway Watch is similar to the Coast Watch program of World War II, which caused the early growth of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a group of citizen-volunteers who were mobilized as a uniformed, civilian component of the Coast Guard to scan the coast for U-boats and saboteurs attempting to infiltrate the shores of the United States.

Today, America's Waterway Watch goes one step further: It calls on ordinary citizens like you who spend much of their time on and around America's waterways to report suspicious activity in and around the area where they live, work and play.

America's Waterway Watch is a public outreach program, encouraging participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard and/or other law enforcement agencies. Unlike some Neighborhood Watch programs, for example, you are not formally joining an organization -- there are no meetings, membership cards or membership requirements -- and you do not become an agent of the Coast Guard or any other law enforcement agency.

You should always remember that people are not suspicious, behavior is. And if you observe suspicious behavior or activity, you should simply note the details and contact local law enforcement. You are not expected to approach or challenge anyone acting in a suspicious manner, call 9-1-1 or the National response center toll free 877-24-WATCH.

If you are on the water and see something suspicious, contact the Coast Guard preferrably by cell phone, 239-463-5754, or by channel 16 on your VHF marine radio. Migrants leave their point of origin for many reasons including villans fleeing prosecution and possible terrorist operatives disguised as immigrants. Never pick up strangers when on the water, call the Coast Guard!

Known as "America's Volunteer Lifesavers" the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts more than 29,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Lee County visit the website at http://www.Aux91FMB.org or call 888-253-3584.



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