Coast Guard searching for missing crewmember

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for Episanio Odavar, 39, who fell overboard from a 600-foot freight vessel, Vita Pride, 17 miles southeast of the Southwest Pass, Sunday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a man going overboard from a crewmember aboard the Vita Pride at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Simulated Terrorist Attack Will Test Multi-Agency Response

JUNEAU, Alaska – A simulated terrorist strike somewhere on the Juneau waterfront will be the centerpiece of a two-day multi-agency Maritime Security exercise planned for April 2 and April 3, 2008. Primary players will include the Alaska State Troopers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the City and Borough of Juneau, the Cruise Line Agency of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. Numerous other...

Joint Boarding of Fish Processor Reveals Clean Ship

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard and Customs and Boarder Patrol (CBP) conducted a joint boarding on the fish processing vessel Pribilof in Sitka Sound yesterday. They found that the 204ft vessel, operated by Trident Seafoods, complied with all applicable federal safety and worker documentation requirements. The Coast Guard scrutinized the vessel’s compliance with regulations designed to...

Coast Guard Limits Shipping on Mississippi River

The Pentagon Channel reports that the Coast Guard is placing limits on commercial shipping along the lower Mississippi River and warning recreational boaters to use extreme caution due to flooding.

Coast Guard assists in search for man on Lake Conroe, Texas

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in the search for a 54-year-old man who went missing Friday evening on Lake Conroe, Texas. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston was notified of an ongoing search on Conroe Lake at 7 a.m., and launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew at 9 a.m. to assist. At sunset Friday evening a good Samaritan located a...

Coast Guard Course Receives FLETA Accreditation

Glynco, GA – The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted accreditation status to five training programs during its March 13, 2008 meeting held in Charleston, South Carolina. Among those accredited were the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FLETC) Firearms Instructor Training Program and Uniformed Police Training Program; the Naval...

Students Return To Class In Wake Of Teacher Death – Baltimore News Story – WBAL Baltimore

On Thursday, we printed a story about 2 Coast Guardsman from Station Ocean City, MD who were involved in a fatal auto accident. A story today from WBAL-TV in Baltimore reports that the Zanele “Cynthia” Khumalo, 36, and her 3-year-old daughter, Hadiya, were hit and killed by a U.S. Coast Guard SUV while crossing a busy highway Thursday. Investigators said it appears the Coast Guard driver...

Coast Guard Investigating Collission in Straits of Mackinaw

ST. IGNACE, Mich. – The Coast Guard is investigating a collision between two vessels in the Straits of Mackinaw 15 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge March 28. No injuries and no pollution was reported. There was reported damage to both vessels, however neither vessel is taking on water. The motor vessel Cason J. Galloway and the motor vessel American Republic collided. The American Republic...

Third Day of Testimony in Alaska Ranger Sinking

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska – The Marine Board of Investigation into the Alaska Ranger sinking began Sunday’s testimony by interviewing crewman Julio Morales of California. Morales was a processor in the factory and had served with the Alaska Ranger less than a month. “We work a lot of hours,” said Morales. His typical day consisted of six hours in the factory, a half hour lunch break,...