Coast Guard News

December 17, 2015
CLEVELAND — The ARGO response officially ended Monday afternoon, when all remaining equipment was demobilized. A total of 33,475 gallons of cargo and water mixture were removed from the vessel.... [Read More]
December 16, 2015
MEMPHIS – The Coast Guard and local agencies continue response efforts to a sunken tow vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Wednesday.  A Unified Command has been established consisting of U.S Coast Guard, Western Rivers Boat Management and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. An overflight Tuesday revealed a dark sheen extending outside of deployed boom. The sheen is approximately half a mile long and begins at the site of the William Strait. Response crews have deployed 2,100 feet of containment boom around the vessel.... [Read More]
December 16, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard urges caution to mariners for the ongoing recovery and monitoring operations for 12 containers that washed overboard from the cargo ship Manoa in heavy seas in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary west of the Golden Gate Bridge Dec. 11.... [Read More]
December 16, 2015
By Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen A NAUTICAL SOUL Mr. Sam is many things. He’s forever a Coast Guard chief, a cutterman by trade and a chief warrant officer by choice, but above all he’s a shipmate for life. Known by those who work with him as Mr. Sam, Chief Warrant Officer Richard Sambenedetto’s motto of “Shipmate For Life” is his way of saying, “You need to help a fellow sailor out at sea — you only have each other.”... [Read More]
December 16, 2015
MEMPHIS – The Coast Guard and local agencies continue response efforts to a sunken tow vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Wednesday. A Unified Command has been established consisting of U.S Coast Guard, Western Rivers Boat Management and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. An overflight Tuesday revealed a dark sheen extending outside of deployed boom. The sheen is approximately half a mile long and begins at the site of the William Strait.... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard hoisted a man Tuesday after his sailboat became disabled off Cape Lookout. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from a man aboard the 40-foot sailboat Sassafras stating he’d lost his sea anchor and needed assistance at approximately 4:30 a.m. The Coast Guard was able to hear the man over the radio, but the man was unable to hear the Coast Guard’s responses.... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies continue response efforts to a sunken tow vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tuesday. The Mississippi River is open to one way traffic between mile marker 726 to 728 on the Mississippi River to ensure the safety of the public and response crews during cleanup and salvage operations for the William Strait sinking. ... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
Click thumbnail for video. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City's command thanks the South Jersey community Tuesday for their continued support. Cmdr. Sean O'Brien, the executive officer of the air station, said his unit's partnership with the community is essential.... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies continue response efforts for a sunken tow vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tuesday.  Capt. Timothy Wendt, Captain of the Port, Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, has set a safety zone on the Mississippi River from mile markers 726 to 728 to ensure the safety of the public and response crews during cleanup and salvage operations for the William Strait response.... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
Key pieces of boating safety equipment, including a lifejacket, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, pyrotechnics and other visual distress signals, a fog horn and a life ring are displayed at Coast Guard Station Seattle, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. While not all safety equipment is required by law, the Coast Guard urges boaters to carry survival gear like this on board in case of emergency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson. ... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
SEATTLE — Coast Guard Aids to Navigation crews are responding to several damaged navigational aids this week, following a weeklong storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest coast. The ATON crews are working to repair or replace at least 10 affected aids to navigation to ensure safe and continued transit of commerce throughout the region.Multiple buoys, which can weigh more than 40,000 pounds each, were blown off station, jetty lights were extinguished, and the Yaquina Bay South Jetty Light 4 —an 8-to-10-foot-tall lighted metal pole— was destroyed by the stor... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
Editor's note:  Click on first image below to access video.   The crews of a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin rescue helicopter and a Puerto Rico Police marine unit rescued five persons from rough waters off the northern coast of Puerto Rico, just off the Mar Chiquita Beach rock cliff in Manati, Dec. 14, 2015. (Photo by/courtesy of Alvaro Rodriguez)... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef... [Read More]
December 15, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a collision between two towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Monday afternoon.  Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River command center received a notification of a collision between the towing vessels Margaret Ann and the William Strait at mile marker 727 on the Lower Mississippi River. The William Straight sank in 20 feet of water.... [Read More]
December 14, 2015
A 50-foot recreational boat sits beached near Padre Island Canals in Corpus Christi, Texas, Dec. 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and Texas General Land Office are continuing to respond Monday to oil pollution from a beached 50-foot recreational boat near the Padre Island Canals in Corpus Christi.... [Read More]
December 14, 2015
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard, Galveston County Sherrif's Dept. and Crystal Beach Fire Dept. are searching for a man near mile marker 338 in the Intracoastal Waterway, near Crystal Beach, Texas. Missing is Terry Millender of Crystal Beach. The Coast Guard recieved a report from Galveston County Sherrifs Dept. that a 19-foot skiff had been seen steering in circles with no one aboard. Once the boat beached itself, further investigation revealed there were crabpots, some containing live crabs in the boat.... [Read More]
December 14, 2015
SEATTLE — Coast Guard personnel rescued a man from the water near Colman Dock in downtown Seattle Monday. A crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II from Coast Guard Station Seattle pulled the man from the water and safely transferred him to emergency medical service personnel waiting at Station Seattle. ... [Read More]
December 14, 2015
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a fire aboard a liquid gas carrier that occurred around 9:45 a.m. Monday, which caused the closure of about 2 miles of the upper ship channel from Houston Ship Channel light 164 to light 151 (near Greensport Dock West). The fire is out, all personnel are accounted for and on scene air monitoring has not detected any further threat from the ethylene that was being transferred.... [Read More]
December 14, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- Late Friday evening, 12 containers were washed overboard of the motor vessel Manoa in heavy weather and seas. The containers were empty with the exception of miscellaneous packing material. No hazardous materials were within the containers and no adverse impacts to the marine environment have been reported at this time. The responsible party has hired an environmental contractor to recover discharged debris and containers. The Coast Guard is currently issuing a Safety Marine Information Broadcast urging mariners to exercise caution.... [Read More]
December 13, 2015
   Photo courtesy of a good Samaritan. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in identifying the owner of a dive float found adrift one mile east of Kualoa Beach Park, in Oahu, Sunday. The float is yellow with an torn orange and white dive flag. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.... [Read More]

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