Coast Guard rescues hikers from Na Pali Coast Trail, Kauai

Coast Guard rescues hikers from Na Pali Coast Trail, Kauai
HONOLULU – Two hikers are safe after being stranded overnight on the Na Pali Coast Trail and writing “SOS” in the sand of Kalalau Beach, Kauai. The hikers were hoisted to safety by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and transported to awaiting EMS at Lihue Airport. They are reported to be in stable condition. The Dolphin crew was conducting training...

Coast Guard recommends VHF-FM radios for boaters in distress

Coast Guard recommends VHF-FM radios for boaters in distress
NEW ORLEANS — While boaters may feel safe with just a cell phone, as part of National Safe Boating Week the Coast Guard recommends marine-band radios set to channel 16 for all boaters in case of distress. VHF-FM radios are intended mainly for short-range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a Coast Guard station. Boaters are urged to stay by the radio, if possible....

Coast Guard stresses importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment

Coast Guard stresses importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment
CLEVELAND — As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters of the importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, personal locator beacons are much more reliable in the marine environment. The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners equip their boats with Emergency...

Coast Guard recommends signaling devices for boaters

Coast Guard recommends signaling devices for boaters
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard recommends boaters have signaling devices on board their vessel in case of emergency during this National Safe Boating Week. All boaters should be able to signal for help. When day and night signaling devices are required, the devices must be U.S. Coast Guard-approved. Signaling devices can be either pyrotechnic or non-pyrotechnic.  Pyrotechnic red flares and orange...

Coast Guard suspends search for possible person in water

Coast Guard suspends search for possible person in water
BOSTON — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible woman missing in the vicinity of the Essex River, Monday. After a 10-hour search, which covered 44 square miles but yielded no sightings, additional reports, or correlating info, the search was called off at approximately 9 p.m. Coast Guard assets involved in the search were: – two MH-60 Jayhawks from Coast Guard Air Station...

Coast Guard stresses need to remain alert, boat responsibly as National Safe Boating Week continues

Coast Guard stresses need to remain alert, boat responsibly as National Safe Boating Week continues
CLEVELAND — As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard 9th District is reminding recreational boat operators to remain alert every time they get underway and boat responsibly. In 2015, operator inattention ranked as the number one primary contributing factor in recreational boating accidents across the United States, causing 551 accidents, 58 deaths and 353 injuries in that year according...

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates safe boating week with 8 ways to be better prepared on the water

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates safe boating week with 8 ways to be better prepared on the water
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary are celebrating safe boating this week in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. Whatever way you play on the water — whether it’s with a kayak, canoe, jet ski, powerboat, sailboat, or other craft — make safety your top priority! We’re determined to arrive at the day when every boater is fully prepared before going out! 1. Wear your...

Coast Guard cancels captain of the port order, motor vessel Sparna departs Columbia River

Coast Guard cancels captain of the port order, motor vessel Sparna departs Columbia River
Two tugs assist the motor vessel Sparna. WARRENTON, Ore. — The Captain of the Port for Oregon and southern Washington canceled the captain of the port order on the motor vessel Sparna allowing the vessel to leave its mooring at Kalama, Washington, Monday. The Sparna, a 623-foot bulk grain carrier, briefly ran aground near Cathlamet on the Columbia River, March 21, resulting in the ship needing to...

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis of upper Columbia River, seeks public comment

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis of upper Columbia River, seeks public comment
PORTLAND, Ore.  — Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of the upper Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington, to the Bonneville Pools in the vicinity of Hood River. Officials are seeking information from local mariners to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation system, gain a better understanding of...