Coast Guard overseeing cleanup of diesel spill in Darien, Ga.

Coast Guard overseeing cleanup of diesel spill in Darien, Ga.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Coast Guard pollution responders are continuing to oversee the cleanup of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that was released into the Darien River in Darien, Ga., Thursday. Officials from the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office notified Coast Guardsmen Thursday evening after members of the community complained of a strong diesel smell originating near Brown’s Seafood in Darien. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2013 ballast water management report

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2013 ballast water management report
CLEVELAND — The Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group announces the release of the 2013 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway ballast water management report. The report can be downloaded from the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System website. The mission of the BWWG is to harmonize ballast water management efforts between: the U. S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada – Marine Safety and Security,...

Michigan-based Coast Guardsman named 2013 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year

Michigan-based Coast Guardsman named 2013 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year
CLEVELAND — A Michigan-based Coast Guardsman stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot ice-breaking buoy tender homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., was named the 2013 Coast Guard 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year, in an internal Coast Guard announcement Wednesday. Petty Officer 1st Class Zachary Rafoth will be formally recognized at his unit at a later date by a member of the 9th...

Mariner safe and continuing journey after surviving Pacific storm

Mariner safe and continuing journey after surviving Pacific storm
HONOLULU — A mariner aboard a 24-foot sailboat 944 miles from the main Hawaiian Islands is safe and continuing his voyage to San Francisco after surviving a gale-force storm in the Pacific. The Coast Guard suspended the search Thursday for the sailing vessel Pier Pressure after communication was established with the owner, Rimas Meleshyus. At 5:15 p.m., Meleshyus updated his coordinates and sent...

Long-range search underway for distressed mariner in Pacific storm

Long-range search underway for distressed mariner in Pacific storm
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is coordinating the search for a mariner in distress aboard a 24-foot sailboat approximately 944 miles northeast of the main Hawaiian Islands. At 8:47 a.m., watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center received notification from a concerned friend that the vessel’s owner, Rimas Meleshyus, transmitted a text via satellite stating, “I lost my life raft, in danger...

Coast Guard, local agencies rescues three near China Beach, California

Coast Guard, local agencies rescues three near China Beach, California
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard worked with local agencies to rescue three people near China Beach in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday afternoon. At approximately 12:50 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call from the National Park Service reporting a person injured near the Cliff House in San Francisco. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate launched a...

Coast Guard urges caution along Southern California coast during upcoming storm

Coast Guard urges caution along Southern California coast during upcoming storm
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard is urging beachgoers, swimmers, surfers and mariners to exercise extreme caution while operating along the Southern California coast tonight through Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard warning and a gale warning for waters from San Mateo Point to the U.S.-Mexico border. Click for the latest weather update. It is forecasted that a powerful...

Coast Guard rescues stranded kayaker beset by weather

Coast Guard rescues stranded kayaker beset by weather
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a stranded kayaker unable to make way against the intense winds in South Bay near Port Isabel, Texas, Wednesday. At approximately 1:40 p.m., a distressed kayaker called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island requesting assistance. The man reported that he was unable to keep up with the heavy weather and was stranded approximately...

Coast Guard investigating freighter aground in Elizabeth River near Portsmouth, Va.

Coast Guard investigating freighter aground in Elizabeth River near Portsmouth, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is investigating a 590-foot freighter that ran aground Wednesday night in the Elizabeth River near Hospital Point in Portsmouth. A pilot aboard the Hanze Goteborg, a Netherlands-flagged freighter carrying soy beans, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 10:30 p.m. reporting the ship soft aground with no reported...