Coast Guard lifts port restrictions for Port of Key West following Hurricane Gustav

MIAMI – As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the Captain of the Port for Key West, Fla., returned the Port of Key West to port condition four and is open to commercial and recreational traffic. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); There have been no reports of any damage caused by Hurricane Gustav to aids to navigation in the area. All marine...

Coast Guard bolsters readiness to meet all demands

MIAMI – Coast Guard units throughout Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are taking action to meet response needs that may result from Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hannah. To meet potential needs, the Coast Guard has put additional ships, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, medical teams, disaster assistance teams and other personnel on call to ensure a rapid response to Gustav and Hannah,...

Coast Guard Disaster Assistance Response Teams Deploy to Gulf Coast Region

Louisville, Ky- Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley has deployed three Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) from Louisville, Paducah and Huntington, WV, today in response to potential flooding in the gulf coast area due to Hurricane Gustav. DARTs are capable of conducting search and rescue operations in shallow water and urban environments and consist of seven person crews comprised of active duty...

Coast Guard aircrews perpare for Hurricane Gustav

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is deploying 22 personnel Sunday from Air Station Atlantic City to Jacksonville, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Gustav. Personnel from Air Station Atlantic City aboard a Coast Guard C-130 airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a rescue helicopter crew are en route to Jacksonville. Hurricane Gustav is expected to make landfall...

Man overboard during heavy weather from Gustav found deceased

KEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., responded to a report from the motor vessel Storm Bay of a man overboard, which happened while the vessel was transiting through heavy weather associated with Hurricane Gustav, 80 miles west of Key West. The man was found deceased at approximately 10:50 a.m. by the crew of the Storm Bay. The Storm Bay contacted the Coast Guard early Sunday morning...

Great Lakes Coast Guard units prepare to support Gulf Coast

CLEVELAND – Ninth Coast Guard District resources are mobilizing and preparing, Sunday, for deployments to the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Gustav gains strength. Great Lakes-based Coast Guard units, including some that participated in Hurricane Katrina response operations, are ready to deploy to the region as Gustav’s path and strength are monitored. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City,...

Coast Guard rescues injured man from jet ski crash

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued a man after two jet skis collided near Dewees Inlet, S.C., Saturday at approximately 7:30 p.m. Richard Parker, 30, was taken by a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston to a waiting Isle of Palms EMS crew. Parker was taken to Medical University of South Carolina and was in stable condition when turned over to EMS. A Coast Guard rescue boat...

U.S. Coast Guard Units Throughout California Ready to Support Gulf Coast

ALAMEDA, Calif. – As Hurricane Gustav gains strength, U.S. Coast Guard units and resources are being mobilized and commencing initial deployments tomorrow. Additionally, several experienced California-based units are on standby status and are ready to deploy to the Gulf Coast as the hurricane’s path and strength are monitored. Among the units leaving tomorrow, an HH-65 helicopter from...

Coast Guard urges south Florida boaters to stay off the water this Labor Day weekend due to Hurricane Gustav

MIAMI – This Labor Day weekend the Coast Guard is encouraging boaters to stay off the water due to the approach of Hurricane Gustav. Adverse weather effects generated by a hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Even those recreational boaters and the maritime industry who fall outside of the direct path of the storm are advised to be cognizant of dangerous weather conditions and...