Coast Guard assists disabled vessel near Smith Island

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); SEATTLE – The Coast Guard assisted a disabled 38-foot sailboat with five people aboard near Smith Island, Wash. today after the master of the vessel reported that it b was drifting in 10-foot waves. The master of the Eliska contacted the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. on VHF channel 16 to request assistance...

Coast Guard Monitors Freeing of Party Boat

NIANTIC, Conn.–A 62-foot fishing vessel that ran aground in Long Island Sound one mile from Niantic, Conn., at 2 p.m. Saturday, safely refloated during high tide around 12:20 p.m. this afternoon. United Oil Recycling, a commercial salvage company, removed around 400 gallons of fuel to lighten the vessel earlier today. One tug from Douglas Marine pulled the 62-foot Black Hawk II from the rocky...

Coast Guard Searching for Missing Inverness Diver

HOMOSASSA, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, along with state and local agencies, has been searching for a missing diver in the vicinity of the Homosassa River near Yankeetown, Fla., since about 4 p.m. today. The Coast Guard received a call at 2:24 p.m. today from two men reporting that their dive instructor, James Cummins, 40, of Inverness, Fla., had not resurfaced from a dive. The three...

Coast Guard Continues Search for Misssing Ft. Lauderdale Man

BAYPORT, Fla. – The Coast Guard is continuing to search for Lindsay Forde, 48, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who was reported missing Saturday from the 46-foot pleasure craft Extra Labor, about 75-miles west of Bayport, Fla. The Coast Guard received a call at 6:37 p.m. Saturday from the vessel owner, Michael Swindle, 56, of Tampa, Fla., reporting that Forde, the captain of the vessel, was missing....

Florida Coast Guard Auxiliary Wins International Competition

MIAMI – A team of four U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Pinellas County, Fla., beat 11 other teams to win the 2007 International Search and Rescue Competition at Toronto Harbor, Toronto, marking the first time in the competition’s eight-year history that an American team has earned top honors. Six Canadian teams and five other U.S. teams matched skills in the week-long competition designed...

Puerto Rico Oil Spill Cleanup, Investigation Continues

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration continue cleaning impacted areas Sunday from an Aug. 30 oil spill. Although the investigation is not complete the Coast Guard, working with...

Coast Guard airlifts man from boat

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter hoisted a man from a boat that ran aground over rocky shoreline about eight miles west of Point Judith Harbor, R.I., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. William R. Jones, 41, of East Lyme, Conn., was alone on the Interlude, a 28-foot sailboat, when it lost engine power and ran aground on the Quonochontaug Breach Way. Coast Guard Station Point Judith launched...

Coast Guard escorts fishing vessel, sick passenger to shore

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded to a chartered fishing vessel about one mile from Provincetown, Mass., after the vessel reported a 30-year-old male passenger was experiencing symptoms consistent with cardiac complications. Someone aboard the 38-foot vessel Ocean Runner called Coast Guard Station Provincetown at 7:13 a.m., stating the man needed medical attention. Station Provincetown launched...

Coast Guard Monitors Refloating of Grounded Party Boat off Niantic, Conn.

NIANTIC, Conn.–The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor a 62-foot fishing vessel that ran aground in Long Island Sound, one mile from Niantic, Conn., at 2 p.m. Saturday. An attempt by tugs to free the Black Hawk II from the rocks at about 12:30 a.m. today during high tide was unsuccessful. Officials are lightering the vessel’s remaining fuel to mitigate any potential pollution concerns...