Coast Guard News

December 6, 2014
St. Petersburg, Fla.— Coast Guardsmen received donated Christmas trees from Trees for Troops at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Friday. More than 20 Christmas trees were donated to Coast Guard members in the Fort Myers Beach area.  Trees for Troops has delivered more than 17,000 Christmas trees to active-duty military members in the U.S. and overseas this year. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, Fedex and donations from the public make Trees for Troops possible.... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
Coast Guard crews seized 197 red snapper totaling 590 pounds,  Dec. 3, 2014, off the coast of South Texas. U.S. Coast Guard photo   CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard intercepted a Mexican fishing crew poaching in South Texas Wednesday with 197 red snapper.... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
A Chicago Fire Department boat welcomes the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw to Chicago's Navy Pier, Dec. 5, 2014. The Mackinaw is serving as the historic Chicago Christmas Ship, and partnering with the Chicago maritime community to bring more than 1,200 Christmas trees to needy families in Chicago. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) ... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
CAPE MAY, N.J. — Enlisted members assigned to the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J. received a little Christmas cheer in the form of a tree donated to them as part of the Trees for Troops program, Dec. 5, 2014. Trees for Troops is a program ran annually by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in partnership with FedEx, and will provide approximately 17,000 Christmas Trees to all branches of the service at 69 bases both here in the U.S. and overseas this year.... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Astoria.     U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty Officer Jeremiah Wolf. WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from the 78-foot fishing vessel Titan after it grounded and began to take on water off of the A-jetty on the north side of the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Washington, Friday.... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
BOSTON — A Coast Guard crew from Station Point Allerton, Massachusetts, assisted a disabled clam boat 11 miles northwest of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Friday. At about 8:30 p.m., Thursday, the four-person crew aboard the 40-foot Angel Fisher notified Coast Guard Sector Boston that their boat lost steering. Because of the deteriorating weather, with 5-foot seas and 16-knot winds, the Angel Fisher crew put on their immersion suits. On scene, air temperature was 37 degrees and water temperature was 49 degrees.... [Read More]
December 5, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard, in cooperation with responders from more than 26 federal, state, local agencies and industry organizations, will conduct a full-scale area maritime security exercise from 9 to 11 December in San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico. The exercise, named Operation Caribbean Breeze, is part of the nationwide Area Maritime Security Training Exercise Program (AMSTEP).  ... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska — Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and a Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium assisted the crew of a fishing vessel that ran aground Thursday morning on the south side of Evans Island in Prince William Sound. The Mustang and RB-M crews towed the fishing vessel Eleon safely to port in Chenega Bay.... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy will hold its annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols Dec. 10 at the Academy Memorial Chapel. The service, which starts at 6:45 p.m., is the Academy’s kickoff for the holiday season. The service is free and open to the public. The U.S. Coast Guard Band Brass Ensemble and the Cadet Handbell Choir will be performing prelude music at 6:45 p.m. The service will begin at 7 p.m. featuring the Cadet Glee Club and Cadet Handbell Choir. ... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
CLEVELAND — The commander of the Coast Guard 9th District referred the case of a Coast Guard petty officer charged with sexually assaulting two Coast Guard coworkers in Michigan City, Indiana, to general court martial Wednesday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Alyssa Schiele, 26, is charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which include sexual assault, providing false official statements, obstruction of justice, and the use of indecent language.... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
CHICAGO – The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is returning to Chicago for a two-day event re-enacting what was an annual Chicago tradition in the late 1800s and early 1900s.   ... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guardsmen will receive a delivery of donated Christmas trees from Trees for Troops at Training Center Cape May Friday at 12:30 p.m. The trees will be distributed to junior ranking servicemembers on the base including crewmembers of the tennant commands stationed aboard the TRACEN. Trees will also be donated to Coast Guard families whose loved ones are currently deployed for the holiday season like the crew of the Cutter Dependable, who are currently deployed conducting frontline Coast Guard missions.... [Read More]
December 4, 2014
BOSTON - The Coast Guard is responding to a collapsed pier that caused one injury and property damage in Eastport, Maine, Thursday.At about 2:20 a.m., the Washington County dispatch notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Eastport, Maine, that the end of the Eastport breakwall had fallen into the water.The caretaker aboard the Ada C. Lore suffered a leg injury and the 77-foot schooner was damaged.... [Read More]
December 3, 2014
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has located the owner of an inflatable kayak found adrift approximately one mile off Olowalu Beach, Maui, Wednesday. The owner stated the kayak blew off the beach late in the night. The Coast Guard advises the public to label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.... [Read More]
December 3, 2014
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to weather conditions in northern Michigan and scheduled cutter operations, we anticipate the Mackinaw arriving at Navy Pier sometime Thursday afternoon or evening, but are unable to provide a more definitive arrival time.  As a result, a media availability will take place Friday at 8:45 a.m. at the west end of Navy Pier for the Christmas Ship Committee's "Welcome to Chicago" greeting for the ship and crew, a visit aboard the ship by two local school groups, and decorating of the ship with lights. ... [Read More]
December 3, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday afternoon for a missing man in the Christina River in the vicinity of the Port of Wilmington.Missing is Emanuel Gatling, 25.An employee from Norfolk Dredging Company contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center watchstanders Tuesday at approximately 6:45 p.m. to report Gatling missing in the water.The employee reported three crewmembers fell into the water after a crane barge capsized. The barge was attached to the dredge Essex. Two of the men resurfaced from the water while Gatling remains missing.... [Read More]
December 3, 2014
MIAMI — Vessel traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bal Harbour, Florida is restricted following an incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway bridge.  Due to the incident, only the bridge's west leaf is able to open.  Restrictions on vessel traffic limit movement of large vessels with a width of 40 feet or less as only one half of the bridge is operational.  ... [Read More]
December 2, 2014
A Coast Guard response crew from Station St. Ignace and a Tribal Conservation officer assist a boater back to shore after his vessel became disabled about three miles northwest of Cross Village, Mich. Another Coast Guard crew from the cutter Mackinaw came to the initial aid of the boater and took him and his vessel in side tow closer to shore. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Keith Fruncillo) ... [Read More]
December 2, 2014
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is responding to a reported incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway bridge in Miami Tuesday evening.  Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received a report of an incident involving the east bridge of the causeway and a yacht, which made contact while the vessel was being towed by two tug boats. Fifteen people were reported to be aboard the yacht with no injuries.... [Read More]
December 2, 2014
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is responding to a reported incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway bridge in Miami Tuesday evening.  Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received a report of an incident involving the east bridge of the causeway and a yacht, which made contact while the vessel was being towed by two tug boats. Fifteen people were reported to be aboard the yacht with no injuries.... [Read More]

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