DESCRIPTION: (from The Weather Channel's press release, July 2013) The Weather Channel continues to follow the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard with the season three premiere of "Coast Guard Alaska" on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. Wild turbulence, freezing temperatures and dizzying heights are just some of the obstacles facing the Coast Guard in Kodiak, Alaska and other AK bases. This team of highly trained swimmers and rescue pilots race the clock and battle fierce winds; dense forests; icy waters, huge waves and more to execute critical assignments such as perilous search and rescue missions or transporting severely ill or injured people from remote locations to the nearest hospital. The series also explores what life is like off-duty on the base, as the group enjoys the Alaskan wilderness and tight-knit local community in their free time. Third season episodes will include Captain Melissa Rivera, the first female commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, taking the reigns, with operations as varied as a daring rescue mission to save 18 souls trapped aboard an oilrig to a hunter trapped in the mountains.