Coast Guard urges mariners to prepare for heavy weather around Hawaiian Islands

Coast Guard urges mariners to prepare for heavy weather around Hawaiian Islands
HONOLULU — The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate severe sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the main Hawaii Islands prior to the arrival of Tropical Storm Guillermo. Visitors to Hawaii should heed all warnings from lifeguards and public health and safety officials. Although weather conditions may be good, rip...

Coast Guard wraps up busy Seafair weekend

Coast Guard wraps up busy Seafair weekend
A boater shows her life jacket to Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Alex Meyers during a safety boating check during Seattle’s Seafair events on Lake Washington, Aug. 2, 2015.( U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Rachel Polish) SEATTLE — Coast Guard and local agency personnel worked to educate boaters and enforce regulations on Lake Washington, Seattle, during Seafair, Wednesday...

Safety First!

Safety First!
Capt. Mike Bogan, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wilson shake hands in front of the commercial fishing vessel Gambler, homeported in Point Pleasant, N.J.,  July 27, 2015. Story and photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Marine Safety is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s important 11 statutory missions, and is the area where the Coast Guard interacts the most with commercial vessels....

Clean, Reliable and Safe – Who Makes the Decision?

Clean, Reliable and Safe - Who Makes the Decision?
Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Studie climbs a Jacob’s ladder to perform a vessel inspection.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Darryl W. Bradshaw) Baltimore – Inspections guarantee the fulfillment of a required specification. Some, like skydiving, are easily seen as a necessity for safe operation and safety of the consumer. So do you think to look for an inspection sticker...

Mentor Harbor rescue shows importance of proper gear and training for personal watercraft safety

Mentor Harbor rescue shows importance of proper gear and training for personal watercraft safety
CLEVELAND — On July 30, shortly after 9 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York, were notified of an overdue jet skier who had departed Mentor Harbor, Ohio around 7 p.m., and failed to return. Sector Buffalo diverted a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fairport, located in Grand River, Ohio, and launched an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. They also issued...

BUI: Don’t be that guy

BUI: Don’t be that guy
SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews working with state and local enforcement personnel will be conducting multi-agency Boating Under the Influence education, detection, and enforcement patrols in Seattle Friday through Sunday. The multi-agency initiative, which includes members of the Coast Guard, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Seattle and Mercer Island Police Departments, is targeted to help ensure...

High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents

High water on Mississippi River leads to dangerous currents
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard urges anyone going out on the Mississippi River to understand the risks associated with high water and strong currents. Higher than average water levels create very strong and swift currents, which result in large amounts of debris, and can lead to dangerous situations on the Mississippi River. The stronger than normal currents can create rips and eddies in places where...

Coast Guard Reopens Illinois River

Coast Guard Reopens Illinois River
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port has lifted the restrictions on the Illinois River, Tuesday. The river is now open to all recreational and commercial traffic. The Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters and mariners to always wear your life jackets, ensure you have the proper equipment and to always use caution. Rivers are currently experiencing stronger...

Fennica investigation findings sent to Coast Guard Investigations National Center of Expertise for review

Fennica investigation findings sent to Coast Guard Investigations National Center of Expertise for review
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage marine casualty investigators have sent their initial findings about what caused a 3-foot crack in the motor vessel Fennica’s hull to the Coast Guard Investigations National Center of Expertise for analysis. After completing their review, the NCOE will submit the information to the Coast Guard Headquarters Investigation Division personnel.  Coast...