The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The US Coast Guard Lake Gaston Flotilla serves the Lake Gaston area of North Carolina and Virginia. We are an all-civilian organization that serves the boating public through public education, vessel safety checks, and water patrols. Some of our duties include: •Search and Rescue Operations to aid distressed boaters. •Advising boaters of safety issues concerning them and their boats, stressing Virginia and North Carolina legal and common sense requirements. •Performing Safety Checks of boats. •Supporting Virginia and North Carolina Aids To Navigation (ATON) programs by reporting missing or damaged buoys. •Supporting our environmental program by removing debris from the lake and reporting oil or chemical spills to local authorities. •Assisting local agencies who sanction regattas, on the water competition, and public displays such as the July 4 fireworks. We also maintain a radio watch on VHF Channel 16 while the patrol is on the water. The Lake Gaston Flotilla meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held at Longbridge VFD, 1678 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC 27850. The public is welcome to attend!