Coast Guard assists Kauai fire and police departments in search for missing swimmer

Coast Guard assists Kauai fire and police departments in search for missing swimmer
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard is assisting Kauai fire and police departments in the search for a missing swimmer last seen near Ninini Beach, on the north side of Nawiliwili Bay Tuesday. Kauai fire and police departments began searching at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday when the missing man’s vehicle was found at the beach.  Both shoreline and water searches have been conducted.  Information...

Saving lives – behind the scenes

Saving lives - behind the scenes
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse A rescue swimmer jumping from a helicopter to make a life saving rescue is often the first image that comes to mind when one thinks of Coast Guard aviation. What is missing from that picture is the hard work and efforts that happen behind the scenes to aid the mission of saving lives. Coast Guard avionics electrical technicians are the unsung heroes of life...

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. The Commandant highlighted the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Sandy, emphasizing the preparedness of Coast Guard Captains of the Ports working with U.S. Department of Homeland Security components...

Coast Guard responds to allision, oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur

Coast Guard responds to allision, oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an allision between a vessel and an inactive wellhead about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8 p.m., Tuesday. The platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but...

Coast Guard rescues three near Grays Harbor

Coast Guard rescues three near Grays Harbor
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a vessel taking on water near Grays Harbor, Wash., Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a distress call from the crew of the 58-foot crabbing vessel Persistence at 8:50 p.m. The crew reported they were taking on water approximately 5 miles northwest of the Grays Harbor bar and were low on fuel for their dewatering pump. Coast...

63-year-old man with chest pains medevaced from oil rig

63-year-old man with chest pains medevaced from oil rig
HOUSTON — A 63-year-old man was medevaced from an oil rig approximately 40 miles southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico, after he began experiencing chest pains, Tuesday. A shoreside contact for the rig contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston command center and reported that a crewmember aboard the rig was experiencing chest pains. The Coast Guard...

Search suspended for possible missing boaters near wreckage

Search suspended for possible missing boaters near wreckage
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its active search at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday for any additional people possibly in the water or otherwise in distress off the coast of Atlantic Beach. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of Guillermo Gonzalez Losada, 49, near a large debris field Sunday about 22 miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. “The decision...

Coast Guard suspends search for 4 near Monterey Bay, Calif.

Coast Guard suspends search for 4 near Monterey Bay, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard suspended the search at 9:30 a.m. for four people who reported abandoning their 29-foot sailboat approximately 65 miles off the coast of Monterey, Calif., Sunday. Coast Guard crews made 34 searches with the assistance of the Navy and 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard doing five additional searches. The multi-agency search covered an area approximately...

Coast Guard honors servicemember’s sacrifice

Coast Guard honors servicemember's sacrifice
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard dedicated staff barracks at its only enlisted basic training facility to a Coast Guardsman killed in action during a ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who graduated basic training here in 1999, was killed by suicide bombers during Operation Iraqi Freedom defending oil platforms off the Iraqi coast April 24, 2004. Officials at...