Pandemic spells opportunity for marooned Coast Guard cadets

  • In this Monday Sept. 14, 2020 photo, From back left, Coast Guard Academy Cadets Henry Smith, Branyelle Carillo, Mia Haskovec, Jordan Park, and Tyler Huynh, pose for a photograph at the Seamanship Sailing Center at the United State Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. A group of Coast Guard cadets spent part of their summer filling in on a critical national security mission after a case of COVID-19 sidelined crew members on a cutter being sent to patrol the US-Russia border. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • In this Aug. 25, 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter conducts “touch and go” drills aboard the Legend-class cutter USCGC Munro in the Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard cutter Munro had just embarked on a national security mission to patrol the maritime boarder between the United States and Russia in late June 2020, when one of its guardsman was diagnosed with COVID-19. Contract tracing led to more than a dozen other members of the ship’s crew being ordered into quarantine for two weeks. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madysson Anne Ritter/U.S. Navy via AP)

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Branyelle Carillo was facing the prospect of a summer marooned by the coronavirus pandemic at the Coast Guard Academy in New London when she was called up for a mission: The U.S Coast Guard cutter Munro, bound for a patrol of the U.S. maritime border with Russia, had lost a tenth of its crew to quarantine and needed reinforcements.