Coast Guard asks public to mark barrels used to secure personal docks and piers

Coast Guard asks public to mark barrels used to secure personal docks and piers
Blue and white barrels are used by homeowners and businesses along Lake Ontario to secure and mark their piers and docks after Spring 2017 weather events caused elevated water levels.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard is requesting that members of the public who are using barrels and drums in order to weigh down piers and docks, to place a large, red “X” on those objects...

Coast Guard assists 3 mariners on vessel taking on water

Coast Guard assists 3 mariners on vessel taking on water
USCG File Photo NEW YORK — The Coast Guard assisted three mariners after their boat began taking on water in Moriches Bay, New York, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock stating one of their 29-foot Response Boat-Smalls (RB-S) was flagged down by a 21-foot vessel which was taking on water in Moriches Bay, New York. The...

Coast Guard assists 5 in vessel taking on water near Carolina Beach

Coast Guard assists 5 in vessel taking on water near Carolina Beach
USCG File PhotoWILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard came to the aid of five people after their vessel began taking on water near Carolina Beach Sunday. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a report at about 8 a.m. that a 33-foot pleasure craft was taking on water with five people aboard approximately 15 miles southeast of Carolina Beach. A 45-foot...

Coast Guard searches for missing swimmer near Matagorda Bay, Texas

Coast Guard searches for missing swimmer near Matagorda Bay, Texas
Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter File Photo HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a swimmer who went missing Saturday afternoon off Matagorda Beach a quarter mile east of the Colorado River. Missing is a 24-year-old man, last seen wearing a white shirt and white shorts. At 4:10 p.m., the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders...

Coast Guard assists 4 mariners on vessel taking on water

Coast Guard assists 4 mariners on vessel taking on water
Crew members from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, dewater a 42-foot vessel near the tip of Sandy Hook, Saturday, May 20, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Station Sandy Hook) NEW YORK — The Coast Guard assisted four mariners after their boat began taking on water near Sandy Hook, New Jersey, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report...

Coast Guard, San Francisco FD rescue 2 swimmers near China Beach

Coast Guard, San Francisco FD rescue 2 swimmers near China Beach
San Francisco Fire Department members aboard a jet ski assist a distressed swimmer near China Beach, May 20, 2017. The jet ski delivered the swimmer to a Coast Guard Station Golden Gate 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Henderson.) SAUSALITO, Calif. — Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department personnel responded to two hypothermic swimmers in the vicinity...

Coast Guard, others rescue 4 children from water in Norfolk

Coast Guard, others rescue 4 children from water in Norfolk
45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard pulled three people from the water in Norfolk Friday including one of four children who drifted away from shore with no lifejacket. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a report from Norfolk Dispatch...

Great Lakes Coast Guard highlights boat operator responsibilities

Great Lakes Coast Guard highlights boat operator responsibilities
CHICAGO — As the annual observance of National Safe Boating Week launches Saturday and the boating season across the Great Lakes gets underway, the Coast Guard is highlighting the responsibilities of boat operators, including the results and dangers of operator inattention, insufficient lookouts and inexperience. National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 20-26, is an annual observance sponsored...

Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels

Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels
BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel. For commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can cause blindness to the ship’s operators possibly causing a collision in the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue...