Coast Guard News

January 22, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued 16 boaters Saturday and reminds boaters to stay safe during inclement weather predicted to impact the west coast of Florida this week. Due to multiple factors, predominately weather, Coast Guard crews responded to six search-and-rescue calls Saturday saving three lives and assisting 13 more. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for severe weather in the region that may cause tornados, hail, high winds, rough sea conditions, limited visibility, coastal flooding and lightning strikes.... [Read More]
January 22, 2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Little Creek assisted two boaters after their vessel ran aground on the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified by the crew of the 36-foot pleasure craft Ugly Duckling, that they had run aground and needed assistance.... [Read More]
January 22, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard urges boaters, duck hunters, fishermen and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters of Southern New Jersey and Delaware due to forecasted heavy weather conditions over the next several days.  Boaters are encouraged to secure their boats and boating equipment.... [Read More]
January 22, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard reminds mariners of hazardous weather conditions Saturday after two people went missing in the water near Pebble Beach Saturday.... [Read More]
January 21, 2017
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is no longer enforcing the temporary security zones established in designated waters of the National Capital Region for the 58th Presidential Inauguration that were implemented January 15.During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zone was prohibited unless authorized by the Coast G... [Read More]
January 21, 2017
Click on image to view and download hoist footage.  BOSTON — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted a man Saturday from the fishing boat Golden Girl while 25 miles southeast of Cape Ann. The captain of Golden Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders Saturday morning and reported a crewman aboard severely injured his hand and needed medical attention. ... [Read More]
January 21, 2017
Editor's note: Click on photos for link to high resolution versions SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Saturday after their 30-foot boat took on water 3 miles west of Clearwater Pass.  At 11:15 a.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from the boaters stating their boat was taking on water, and they were in need of emergency assistance. ... [Read More]
January 21, 2017
EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Noyo River Channel, Humboldt Bay and Crescent City Harbor entrances Saturday to promote the navigational safety of all vessels along the coast when extreme environmental conditions are present, which will extend through March 31.  The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the affected areas during extreme environmental conditions, which is described as 20-foot breaking seas or as the Captain of the Port deems the area as unsafe for vessel transit.... [Read More]
January 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port has temporarily closed the Morro Bay Harbor entrance due to hazardous bar conditions January 21, 2017.The Captain of the Port issued a temporary safety zone, January 18, 2017 due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance.... [Read More]
January 20, 2017
WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Friday.  Crews from Coast Guard Station Washington and Coast Guard Cutter Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District.  For more information about the security zones the Coast Guard is enforcing, click here.... [Read More]
January 20, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard towed a disabled vessel to shore that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday. At approximately 11:05 p.m. a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle completed the tow of a disabled 43-foot sailing vessel from Terrebonne Bay to Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. that the sailing vessel was disabled and taking on water.... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard units and partner agencies provided waterside security for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., Thursday.  Crews from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams New York and San Diego and Coast Guard Cutters Chock and Heron worked with crews from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as part of a comprehensive port security operation to protect people and waterways around the District. ... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is towing a vessel that was taking on water in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:02 p.m. from the crew of a 43-foot sailing vessel that their vessel was disabled and taking on water in Terrebonne Bay. Sector New Orleans watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle to assist the vessel.... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders with the 5th Coast Guard District in Portsmouth coordinated the rescue of six sailors from a catamaran approximately 275 miles southwest of Bermuda, Thursday.  The watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert and notification from the Rescue Coordination Center in Bermuda that the 75-foot catamaran Ninah, with six people aboard, had reportedly been struck by a rogue wave early this morning and was taking on water.... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned Friday to their homeport at Naval Station Mayport following a 34-day patrol. During their deployment to the Florida Straits, the Valiant crew rescued, cared for and repatriated 307 Cuban migrants attempting to enter the United States.... [Read More]
January 19, 2017
  Courtesy of USCGC Kiska (WPB 1336). HONOLULU — Three boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard after their 48-foot sailing vessel Bobo Link sank two and a half miles off of Hapuna Beach, Big Island, Wednesday. Rescued are three Big Island residents:Steven Jenkins, 48-years-old, owner and operator of the Bobo LinkBrandan Jenkins, 23-years-oldNathan Gibson, 43-years-old ... [Read More]
January 18, 2017
      U.S. Coast Guard photos and graphic by Lt. j.g. Bethany Gollin ... [Read More]
January 18, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The cargo vessel Alliance St. Louis is in tow by a commercial salvage company, Wednesday, after suffering an engine room fire approximately 150 miles south of Southwest Pass.  The tug Crosby Endeavor arrived on scene at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, with a fire team aboard to clear the Alliance St Louis’ engine room for safety. The tug put the cargo vessel in tow at approximately 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, to take the cargo vessel to Sabine Bank Pilot Station near Port Arthur, Texas.... [Read More]
January 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — An Astoria, Oregon-based Coast Guardsman died Monday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia. Lt. j.g. Devin J. Hepner, 34, of Logan, Utah, was found unresponsive in his barracks room Monday morning and was transported by local emergency medical services to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he later died. Hepner was serving at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River/Marine Safety Unit Portland in Astoria, Oregon, and was attending the Investigating Officer Course in Yorktown.... [Read More]

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