3 rescued, 1 dead after boat capsizes

BOSTON — Three people are safe and one has been pronounced dead after their 24-foot pleasure boat began taking on water and capsized about five miles east of Cape Porpoise, Maine, Friday. At approximately 3:10 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center watchstanders received a mayday call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the master of the Job Site 2, reporting they were taking...

Coast Guard rescues kayaker after his craft capsizes in Lake Michigan

CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wis., boatcrew rescued a kayaker after his kayak capsized and he was unable to re-right it this afternoon in Lake Michigan. The kayaker is a 28-year-old Sheboygan man. The radio watchstander at Coast Guard Station Sheboygan received a call at 1:20 p.m. from a civilian who reported seeing the man in the water, just south of Station Sheboygan. Prior to launching...

The bond that holds them together

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Merel has been surfing for 23 years. Many of those years he was surfing competitively near his hometown in Oceanside, Calif. From the ages of nine to 18, Merel was competing in surfing competitions every weekend. He felt a lot of pressure from family, friends and many others to the point of becoming burnt out. He was tired of competing and just wanted to surf. “I learned...

Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay, fighting against the fog

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif – Capt. Salvatore Palmeri believes in training the way you fight, and constant training in challenging environments is exactly what the aviators and boat crews of Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay do on a regular basis. In 2010, Air Station Humboldt Bay, racked up more than 1,300 training hours, accounting for more than half of their entire flight time, said Palmeri. Palmeri...

Coast Guard repatriates 34 Cuban migrants, 39 Haitian migrants

MIAMI — The Coast Guard repatriated 34 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, and 39 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, during the past week. The migrants were interdicted at sea in four separate cases since Sept. 18. The 39 Haitian migrants were repatriated Saturday. Twenty-one of the Cuban migrants were repatriated Saturday. Thirteen of the Cuban migrants were repatriated Thursday. For...

9/11 Heroes Run

September 11, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Coast Guard personnel from Air Station Houston participated in a run to honor those who died on that historic day. The race also recognized those who have gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting in subsequent wars to ensure our enduring freedom. This year’s 5k race was sanctioned by the...

A New Battlefield

The tear-streaked face of a child buried in the uniformed shoulder of his or her parent as the parent returns from war. That’s the image, which, to many, says “the end.” The parent made it home safely, so that’s it… right? As far as Congress was concerned, it wasn’t. As part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Congress mandated implementation of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration...

Coast Guard, NOAA nab drift net violator 2,600 miles offshore

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that, in cooperation with federal and international partners, it has seized a fishing vessel and crew suspected of large-scale illegal high-seas drift net fishing in the North Pacific Ocean and is delivering them to the Alaska Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement for the investigation. Renegade...

Two rescued from sailboat fire, vessel sinks

HONOLULU – Coast Guardsmen, members of the Honolulu Fire Deptartment and Ocean Safety responded to a 62-foot recreational sailing vessel on fire approximately one mile south of Waikiki, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were notified that the sailing vessel Ke Ao Lele was on fire at 1:35 p.m. Crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small...