Delton Stuck has been with the Coast Guard for 17 years. He said he joined the Coast Guard because he wanted to help people.Now that's a scene I'd like to see in the movie: hermit crabs scurrying around the inside a helicopter in flight. No snakes on a plane, this is crabs in a helicopter.
"I wanted to join the Air Force, but couldn't (because I wear) glasses," he said. "But with the Coast Guard, I get to get involved with aviation. I've always been fascinated with helicopters."
Stuck came to Purdue after being chosen for a U.S. Coast Guard program which allows selected members to go to college and gain a bachelor's or master's degree.
Stuck said he's had good and bad missions, and also some amusing ones as well. One mission Stuck had to do involved a 67-year-old man who had gotten stuck in the mud. The man's boat was lodged into the mud and, when he went to step out, he sunk and the mud came up to his chest.
Stuck's crew was launched and, while they were on their way, the tide started to come in. Water was hitting the man in the face when they finally arrived. The basket was lowered and the man was pulled to safety.
But the fun wasn't over yet. Because he was stuck in the mud, hermit crabs had attached themselves to the man and got loose in the helicopter's cabin.
"When we got back to the station, I had to wash all the crabs out," said Stuck.
Just where is Samuel L. Jackson when you need him?