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VIDEO: Top 10 videos of 2013

The Coast Guard documents on video many of the operations it conducts. At the end of each year, it releases a Top 10 compilation highlighting the most compelling stories and invites the public to vote on their favorite.

The 2013 Video of the Year contest begins Sunday, with voting open through Jan. 13.

Coast Guard Compass, the agency’s blog site, will present one video a day, along with commentary from a service member who participated in the mission.

“Most Coast Guard operations and missions aren’t caught on camera,” Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May, said in a statement. “Much of our work occurs in the black of night during the most brutal weather conditions or thousands of miles away from U.S. shores in some of the most dangerous places on earth. This gives the people we serve an opportunity to see what Coast Guardsmen do every day.”

Click play for a preview of what’s to come.

Among the videos to be featured:

• An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescues a sailor who had suffered a head injury 70 miles off Kitty Hawk, N.C.

• Coast Guardsmen fire warning shots and disable a drug smuggling vessel off Southern California. They found 31 bales of marijuana and apprehended two suspects.

• Surfmen from Station Cape Disappointment battle the boisterous Columbia River during surf drills.

You can vote by choosing “Like” for your favorite on the Coast Guard Facebook page or voting on the Coast Guard YouTube channel.