From the Bridge Wing 10-19-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1881 -The sloop Zulu Chief with four passengers and a crew of two men struck the bar off Hog Island Inlet, Virginia at a point about half a mile from the beach. The accident occurred at 11 o’clock am in plain view of the crew of Station No. 9, Fifth District, on Hog Island. They launched the surfboat and went to the sloop’s assistance. She was pounding heavily and lay in a very dangerous position. The life-saving crew went to work without delay and carried out her anchors and succeeded in saving the vessel.

Blogs

Coast Guard, state, industry prepare for the worst with 48-hour spill response exercise – Coast Guard Alaska blog

A tank vessel strikes a barge in southern Prince William Sound. A report comes in that more than one million gallons of oil have spilled and spread across the waters of the Sound. Hundreds of personnel and response vessels need to be coordinated while weather conditions threaten to push the oil to shore and hamper attempts to clean the spill. This was the scenario facing Coast Guard, state and industry members during a 48-hour joint oil spill response exercise in Valdez and Anchorage, Alaska Oct. 11-13.

Coast Guard team participates in Colonial 200 Relay Race in Va. – Coast Guard Mid Atlantic blog

For the third consecutive year, an all Coast Guard team, the Shallow Water Runners, consisting of 12 runners from three Hampton Roads area units (Training Center Yorktown, Sector Hampton Roads and The National Strike Force Coordination Center) joined to compete in the Colonial 200 Relay Race Sept. 20 and 21.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard Discovers A 4,000-Pound Mat Of Tar In The Gulf – ClimateProgress

As Coast Guard crews were scouring the Louisiana coast looking for damage from Tropical Storm Karen this week, they made a startling discovery: A tar mat weighing 4,100 pounds, presumably remnants from the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.

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