Coast Guard News

July 31, 2015
MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a 37-year-old diver reported missing approximately seven nautical miles south of Cudjoe Key, Florida, Friday. Missing is Pedro Fernandez, 37. Fernandez was reported missing about 6 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Key West issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting mariners to be on the look out for a possible person in the water. ... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard reminds waterway users of the availability of our first-ever boating safety application for mobile devices initially released in May. The free app is available on Apple app store and Google Play online store and is designed to provide boating safety resources to mariners and watersports enthusiasts using a mobile device.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard 17th District is scheduled to host its week-long annual District Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska, Aug. 3 - 7. This year's roundup will include seven U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders, stationed throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, as well as a Canadian coast guard ship, for five days of training and maintenance.  Participating are the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters SPAR, Maple, Hickory, Fir, Sycamore, Elderberry, Henry Blake and the Canadian coast guard ship Bartlett.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
MIAMI — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the overdue paddle boarder who was last seen July 24, 2015. Missing is William Morlock, 58. “In this tragic time, our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Mr. Morlock,”said Capt. Michael Long, the Coast Guard Sector Miami deputy commander. “We are pained that our tireless search efforts resulted in this heartbreaking end.”... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please click thumbnail for high resolution video download. (VIDEO) Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor, Coast Guard 7th District chief of response, holds a press conference at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, July 31, 2015. Search efforts for two missing teenage boys was suspended after searching approximately 49,000 square nautical miles. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
HONOLULU — Coast Guard members are continuing to investigate a report of scattered tar balls discovered on a 1,000-yard stretch of Makaha Beach, Friday. Beachgoers contacted Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Wednesday evening to report tar balls washed ashore. The tar balls reportedly range in size up to 1-inch. Sector deployed personnel from their Incident Management Division to respond and assess the beach. They also notified partners at the State Department of Land and Natural Resources.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
Capt. Jose Jiménez (center) and Capt. Darran McLenon inspect the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mellon during a change-of-command ceremony in Seattle, July 31, 2015. McLenon is reporting to the Melon from his prior position as chief of cutter forces, Pacific Area in Alameda, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. ... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River investigating officers initiated civil penalties, Thursday, against 13 individuals who entered an established safety-zone around a Shell-contracted vessel in Portland. These individuals were cited in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations for entry into or staying in a federally-regulated safety zone established between July 22 and July 30.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe encouraged Virginians to get ready for hurricane season and provided an update on the commonwealth’s preparations Friday at a press conference in Portsmouth at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth. The governor also presented Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, commander of the 5th Coast Guard District, with a proclamation in recognition of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday, which the service will celebrate Tuesday.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
CAPE MAY, N.J. — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson attended a recruit graduation ceremony, Friday, at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Johnson provided a speech that applauded the recruits of LIMA 191 on their accomplishment and handed out graduation certificates to each member of the company.... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crew member Thursday from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel south of Beaufort.Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington received a call Thursday afternoon from the vessel Pisces located approximately 35 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet stating 35-year-old crewman had been suffering from an ear infection for several days.A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew launched from Station Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach at about 4:50 p.m.The Coast Guard crew met the Pisces crew approx... [Read More]
July 31, 2015
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP with Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss from Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs at 786-367-7649. Only credentialed media will be granted access to Coast Guard Air Station Miami. Media must arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. MIAMI — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a press briefing at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, regarding the search for two missing 14-year-old boys, Friday.... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews from Sabine Pass, Houston and Corpus Christi jumped into action to rescue four adults and three children after a report that their boat began to sink Thursday, 20 miles southeast of the Cameron Jetties in Louisiana. At about 8 p.m., a person aboard the 31-foot pleasure craft called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and stated the boat he was on was taking on water with four adults and three children.... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and multiple agencies rescued three people Wednesday evening after they were reported missing on Lake Tahoe. At 9:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe that a 31-year-old female and her two children were missing and were last seen drifting on a raft in Meeks Bay. ... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
MIAMI — The Coast Guard continues to search for two missing teenage boys approximately 100 nautical miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. Still missing are Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14 years old. Coast Guard search crews have conducted 56 search patterns covering 43,967 square nautical miles. The search area stretches from Daytona, Florida to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Coast Guard assets involved in Thursday’s search include: • Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray • Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is continuing to search for an overdue paddle boarder between Daytona, Florida, to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Missing is William Morlock, 58. Crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane, the Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray, and the Cutter Diamondback are searching for Morlock. A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules airplane is scheduled to search throughout the night.... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony, Friday, July 31, 2015. Lt. Kristyn Grier will transfer command to Lt. j.g. Jamie Kim, a native of Irvine, Calif., during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Capt. Jennifer F. Williams, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/ Long Beach.... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Postal Service leaders are scheduled to dedicate the United States Coast Guard Forever stamp during a ceremony Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters. The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and honors the Coast Guard for its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests. Aug. 4, 2015, marks 225 years of the U.S. Coast Guard’s lifesaving legacy. ... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive at the Fort Adams State Park North Pier, Newport, Rhode Island, August 7, 2015 as part of the 2015 cadet summer training deployment. The Eagle will be open for free public tours: * Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. * Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. * Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Eagle will be transiting through Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor, and mooring at Fort Adams State Park at approximately 9:30 a.m.... [Read More]
July 30, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard boarding officers recommend boaters carry certain items to better enable them to safely operate their vessels, and if needed, to signal for help. A lifejacket for each person on board a vessel is required by law, but several other items can also greatly improve the odds of your survival in the event of a distress situation.... [Read More]

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