Drifting in the dark: Stranded divers, a flashlight and a float plan

Drifting in the dark: Stranded divers, a flashlight and a float plan
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Sparks used this high-powered flashlight to signal a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, July 6, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn A loud pop startled two scuba divers exploring a wreck 50 feet below the ocean’s surface eight miles off Atlantic Beach,...

SAR in Action: Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop

SAR in Action: Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mandi Stevens and Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Parameter, aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, point for local media in Auckland, New Zealand May 23, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur/Released) When a mariner is found at sea it is no accident. In fact it is often the result of hours of deliberate...

Coast Guard father, daughter track roots of maritime security

Coast Guard father, daughter track roots of maritime security
Wayne Ormsbee, a Coast Guard civilian employee, and his daughter Petty Officer 2nd Class Keisha Kerr, reenact World War II Coast Guard mounted patrols at Fourth Cliff Recreation Area in Humarock, Massachusetts, Monday, June 5, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi) By Auxiliarist Reid Oslin Photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi A New England-based Coast...

Coast Guard ‘paper pusher’ answers the call for help after car wreck

Coast Guard ‘paper pusher’ answers the call for help after car wreck
Petty Officer 2nd Class Nancy Wilson stands where she assisted a man ejected from his vehicle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, June 7, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) Elizabeth City – Kicking a plume of dust into the morning air, a Chevy Tahoe veered off Route 17 South, hit a ditch, rolled and ejected its driver. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class...

Diving into the heart of the community

Diving into the heart of the community
Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Wright teaches a Wounded Warriors Project member how to operate a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat near Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook on June 1, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sabrina Clarke. Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Sabrina Clarke As local fisherman strolled by the Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook base, they slowed down to catch a glimpse of all...

Coast Guard, NOAA, National Park Service pay tribute to historic cutter

Coast Guard, NOAA, National Park Service pay tribute to historic cutter
Revenue Cutter Service McCulloch was constructed by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Launched in 1896, it was the largest cutter built to date at a cost of over $200,000. McCulloch maintained the distinction as the largest revenue cutter, and later USCG cutter, during its 20-year career. Photo Credit: Mare Island Museum SAN FRANCISCO — A century...

Throwing caution to the wind, a kayaker shares how she nearly drowned in Cape Cod Bay

Throwing caution to the wind, a kayaker shares how she nearly drowned in Cape Cod Bay
Pam Gregory and Karla Beckert look out to Cape Cod Bay, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from a beach in North Truro, Massachussets. The pair are reminiscing about a kayaking trip they took on the same bay nearly a decade ago that nearly ended in tragedy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham. Karla Beckert grew up enjoying summer vacations on Cape Cod with her family. She would spend...

Ride for your life: How one Coast Guardsman teaches motorcyclists to BikeSafe

Ride for your life: How one Coast Guardsman teaches motorcyclists to BikeSafe
Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer maneuvers his motorcycle during a BikeSafe North Carolina assessor course in Bogue, North Carolina. (Photo by Travis Howard) Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki First, he tugs on a well-worn leather jacket, adjusting the sleeves and closing the zipper with a metallic swish. Then he laces up his sturdy leather boots, fingers flying deftly through...

Coast Guard member helps police arrest suspect at Wal-Mart

Coast Guard member helps police arrest suspect at Wal-Mart
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Roger Brown with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Bella and Sophie. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — It was 8:15 p.m. on April 27 when Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Roger Brown approached the exit of Wal-Mart, car keys jingling in one hand, a single plastic bag swinging from the other. In the bag was an assortment of frozen fruit that would become his breakfast smoothie...