Coast Guard medevacs man, 62, from sailboat off NC coast

Coast Guard medevacs man, 62, from sailboat off NC coast
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured 62-year-old man from his sailboat Thursday approximately 100 miles east of Kill Devil Hills. Watchstanders at the Fifth Coast Guard District command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received notification at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, reporting they received a distress message...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue crabber near Anacortes, Wash.

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue crabber near Anacortes, Wash.
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crabber reported overdue near Anacortes, Wednesday. Dean Harvey, 48, of Bremerton, remains missing. Search crews spent 24 hours completing a total of 24 searches that covered a 909 square mile area with no signs of Harvey. “Suspending the search for a missing person is one of the most difficult decisions we must make,” said Cmdr. Brian...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue fisherman near Shell Island Fla.

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue fisherman near Shell Island Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a 37-year-old man reported overdue from a fishing trip aboard a 12-foot boat, which reportedly began Saturday morning near Shell Island, Florida. Joseph Johns, 44, the owner of the vessel, was located deceased by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crew in Waccasassa Bay, north of Yankeetown, Florida Sunday. Rescue...

Coast Guard announces pilot program use of NIXLE for bar reports on Oregon Coast

Coast Guard announces pilot program use of NIXLE for bar reports on Oregon Coast
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard will begin use of NIXLE to provide publicly accessible reports on the Umpqua River Bar conditions Friday. Coast Guard Station Umpqua River has begun broadcasting bar reports, bar conditions and restrictions using the technology provided by the website Nixle http://www.nixle.com/ as part of a pilot program that will run from Nov. 27, 2014, to Jan. 27, 2015. Additional stations...

Coast Guard searches for overdue crabber near Anacortes, Wash.

Coast Guard searches for overdue crabber near Anacortes, Wash.
SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews are searching for an overdue crabber last seen near Anacortes, Tuesday morning. Missing is Dean Harvey, 48, of Bremerton. A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adelie, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, are involved in the search. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard...

Swim failure and cold water drowning: The quick and deadly result of cold water immersion

 Swim failure and cold water drowning: The quick and deadly result of cold water immersion
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The public image of “warm and sunny California” may lead to needless deaths in the state’s lakes, rivers and coastal areas. Water safety experts say swim failure and cold water drowning — the fast and deadly cousin of hypothermia — can claim lives of people within seconds or minutes of being in the water. This graphic shows the timeline of the effects...

Coast Guard, Ocean Safety rescue kayakers on Molokini Crater

Coast Guard, Ocean Safety rescue kayakers on Molokini Crater
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Ocean Safety rescued two kayakers trapped on Molokini Crater Monday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 3:20 p.m. from Maui Fire Department of two kayakers who were beset by weather and were forced onto the rocks on Molokini Crater. After climbing to safety, the kayakers called 911 for assistance. A 45-foot Response...

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters from grounded sailing vessel off St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters from grounded sailing vessel off St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico hoisted six boaters to safety Monday, after their 48-foot sailing vessel Aurora ran aground on the rocks just off Coral Bay in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Rescued were three men and three women, U.S. citizens, who reportedly chartered the Aurora in Saint Thomas for a recreational sailing trip...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing surfer near Rockaway Beach

Coast Guard suspends search for missing surfer near Rockaway Beach
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard suspended searching for an individual last seen in the water near Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, Sunday evening. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel were notified at 4:56 p.m., Sunday, of a surfer reported to be face down in the water 100 yards off of Rockaway Beach. A helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and a 47-foot motor lifeboat...