Great Lakes Coast Guard shares safety tips for Labor Day Weekend boating

Great Lakes Coast Guard shares safety tips for Labor Day Weekend boating
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is urging those who plan to recreate on the Great Lakes during Labor Day weekend, or at any other time, to take appropriate safety precautions. Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the traditional beach and boating seasons on the Great Lakes, and is usually one of the busiest for the Coast Guard. Throughout the summer, the Coast Guard’s 9th District conducted...

Misuse of flares is costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Misuse of flares is costing taxpayers millions of dollars
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in reducing the number of flares used during non-distress situations, an increasingly dangerous and irresponsible practice that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars since June 1. Over the past three months units in the Coast Guard 7th District have responded to more than 60 flare sightings with air and boatcrews with an estimated...

Disabled tanker Pine Galaxy arrives in San Francisco

Disabled tanker Pine Galaxy arrives in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy arrived in San Francisco for repairs Wednesday. Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response Boat — Medium. The Pine Galaxy will undergo repairs and inspection at a shipyard in San Francisco. The...

Coast Guard shares safety tips, establishes Ohio River safety zones for Labor Day Weekend, Riverfest

Coast Guard shares safety tips, establishes Ohio River safety zones for Labor Day Weekend, Riverfest
CINCINNATI — Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the boating season and is known as one of the busiest recreational boating weekends on the Ohio River. With approximately 2,000 boaters taking to the water, the increased recreational traffic presents additional safety hazards. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati would like boaters to know special rules are in place for Labor...

Pine Galaxy expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday

Pine Galaxy expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday
SAN FRANCISCO — The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday morning. The ship is being towed by commercial tug to San Francisco Bay. It will be met by additional tugs to ensure increased control of the ship is maintained during the transit inside the Port of San Francisco. The ship experienced a fire in the machinery shop, located in the engine...

Coast Guard advises caution for Florida swimmers, beachgoers due to rip currents in area

Coast Guard advises caution for Florida swimmers, beachgoers due to rip currents in area
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is advising swimmers, surfers and beachgoers to exercise caution at local beaches Tuesday due to a National Weather Service report stating a high risk of rip currents. The high risk of rip currents remains in effect until 8 p.m. According to a NWS weather report, northeast winds in the area are producing choppy and dangerous surf conditions. Swimmers, surfers...

Coast Guard safety, assessment teams prepare for disabled ship’s arrival into Port of San Francisco

Coast Guard safety, assessment teams prepare for disabled ship's arrival into Port of San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, have formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker Pine Galaxy to ensure the safety of the ship’s crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the Port of San Francisco for repairs. The 485-foot Bahamian registered ship experienced an engine room fire...

A lesson in boating safety

A lesson in boating safety
After concluding a routine fishing venture June 3, 2014, Adam Gibson headed toward Port Mahon, Delaware. As he steered his 20-foot Sea Ray boat, which he has owned for the past five years, he overshot his route and did not have enough fuel to return to port. He was unable to call for help since he left his cellphone in his truck and did not own a VHF radio. He also did not have enough line to anchor...

Coast Guard updates Ohio River safety zone

Coast Guard updates Ohio River safety zone
CINCINNATI — The Coast Guard has modified the existing safety zone restrictions for vessel traffic on the Ohio River between mile markers 454 to 468, Wednesday evening. Vessels intending on transiting through the safety zone must transit at a minimum safe speed. In addition, all vessels including recreational traffic must maintain at least 50 yards of separation from boom and shoreside response operations. Vessels...