(WTNH) – Over the course of three weeks every summer, 600 high school students from around the country descend on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. They immerse themselves in academy life to see if it’s something they want to pursue after high school.

News 8 photojournalist Ryan Bernat was there as a crew conducted a search and rescue drill along the Thames River.

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