Coast Guard News

May 9, 2015
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two adults and two children after their 21-foot boat began taking on water east of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Saturday. At 2:19 p.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, received a cell phone call from a woman stating her 21-foot boat was taking on water. They were reportedly not wearing life jackets.... [Read More]
May 9, 2015
CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard Community Festival is in full swing as Cape May County celebrates its designation as a Coast Guard Community, Saturday.... [Read More]
May 9, 2015
One challenge many people in the Coast Guard face is finding a good work-life balance, and finding that balance can be especially difficult for mothers. Long deployments, difficulty finding affordable child care and complicated work schedules are all situations many mothers in the Coast Guard face each day. Petty Officer 3rd Class Martha Viloria, a yeoman at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, started her family with her husband three years ago and has faced many of these challenges first hand.... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The officers and crew of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will dedicate a mural to honor the Coast Guard’s Vietnam Combat Search and Rescue pilots, May 13, as part of the National Vietnam War Commemoration program to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The 6-feet high by 8-feet wide mural is a timeline of the pilots' activities during the Vietnam War and includes historical insight. It was designed by Lt. Dan Schrader, a pilot at Air Station Traverse City.  ... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
CORTEZ, Fla.—The Coast Guard and Mote Marine Laboratory released a rehabilitated 255 lb loggerhead sea turtle into the wild from Lido Key, Florida, Friday. Coast Guard Station Cortez crewmembers rescued the oggerhead sea turtle, Mrs. Turt Lee, near Longboat Pass, Florida, in 2014. A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, of an injured sea turtle with a spear penetrating the shell and was unable to dive under the surface. ... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of an accident in the Saginaw River, Friday afternoon. The names and hometowns of the people are not being released and there is no imagery available. At 10:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a man clinging to a buoy in the Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City, Mich.... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
To obtain high-resolution versions of the below thumbnails, click on the photos to be directed to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Once there, log in or register for a free account to download high-resolution imagery. To coordinate interviews with the awardees, contact Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi at 202-372-4531 or Kyle.N.Niemi@uscg.mil. Learn more about the ceremony and the other awardee by reading the event news release. ... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
To obtain high-resolution versions of the below thumbnails, click on the photos to be directed to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Once there, log in or register for a free account to download high-resolution imagery. To coordinate interviews with the awardees, contact Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi at 202-372-4531 or Kyle.N.Niemi@uscg.mil. Learn more about the ceremony and the other awardee by reading the event news release. ... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
To obtain high-resolution versions of the below thumbnails, click on the photos to be directed to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Once there, log in or register for a free account to download high-resolution imagery. To coordinate interviews with the awardees, contact Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi at 202-372-4531 or Kyle.N.Niemi@uscg.mil. Learn more about the ceremony and the other awardee by reading the event news release. ... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Legare returned to Portsmouth Friday following a 36-day patrol in the Atlantic Ocean. During the patrol, Legare's crew rescued a disabled fishing boat crew, conducted multiple vessel boardings to enforce maritime law and volunteered in two ports during their free time.... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
WHO: Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and local first responder emergency crews and vehicles WHAT: Are scheduled to host a safe boating open house WHEN: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Coast Station Annapolis at 3425 Thomas Point Rd., Annapolis, Maryland, 21403 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold an open house focused on safe boating Saturday in Annapolis.... [Read More]
May 8, 2015
To obtain high-resolution versions of the below thumbnails, click on the photos to be directed to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Once there, log in or register for a free account to download high-resolution imagery. To coordinate interviews with the awardees, contact Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi at 202-372-4531 or Kyle.N.Niemi@uscg.mil. ... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
For high resolution imagery, click on the thumbnails above. HONOLULU - The Coast Guard rescued an overdue stand up paddle boarder approximately three miles south of Ewa Beach, today. Rescued was 32-year-old Niel Bode of Seattle. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point located him within their search pattern about 6:45 a.m., and deployed a rescue swimmer into the water. ... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft assisted a Dominican Republic Navy patrol boat in locating a disabled migrant yola (boat) in the Atlantic Ocean Monday night through Tuesday morning off the coast of Cabrera, Dominican Republic. The migrant boat reportedly was transiting with 46 people onboard who were traveling illegally to Puerto Rico.... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
For audio of the mayday call click here. CHARLESTON, S.C. — A man and a woman were rescued off the Charleston jetties when their sailboat ran aground and began to take on water, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial report at approximately 9:50 a.m., from the captain of the 36-foot sailing vessel, Sunshine, stating that foul weather had pushed his boat up on the rocks of the Charleston jetties, puncturing the hull.... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
NEW ORLEANS — The 8th Coast Guard District is working to increase safety awareness and enforce safety regulations aboard commercial fishing vessels. In an effort to reduce onboard injuries, fatalities, and falls overboard, the Coast Guard will be conducting safety boardings over the next four weeks and encouraging early participation in the dockside exam and safety decal program, which becomes mandatory on October 15, 2015.  All commercial fishing vessels that operate more than three nautical miles offshore will require a safety decal.... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard decommissioned and transferred the Cutter Rush to the Bangladesh Navy as the BNS Somudra Avijan during an official signing ceremony on Coast Guard Island in Alameda Wednesday afternoon.... [Read More]
May 7, 2015
For a higher resolution image, click on the thumbnail above. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department are searching for an overdue stand up paddle boarder near Kuhio Beach, Wednesday. Missing is 32-year-old Niel Bode of Seattle. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Honolulu Fire Department about 7:30 p.m., reporting that Neil Bode had not returned after renting a stand up paddle board near the Waikiki Wall.... [Read More]
May 6, 2015
  PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted in a international rescue at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday when a sailboat crew was rescued off the Azores by the Portuguese air force.... [Read More]
May 6, 2015
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, as well as several elected officials are scheduled to attend the Proclamation Ceremony being held at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. The Proclamation Ceremony is the official declaration of Cape May County as a Coast Guard Community. The County is one of only two communities in the nation to be awarded that designation.... [Read More]

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