Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloads approximately 12,000 lbs of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloads approximately 12,000 lbs of cocaine
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded approximately six tons of cocaine in San Diego, Friday, March 31, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen. SAN DIEGO – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded approximately six tons of cocaine in San Diego, Friday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the cocaine in nine interdictions...

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer to return home after seizing $92 million in cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer to return home after seizing $92 million in cocaine
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew members pose with the illegal drugs they seized while on patrol Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Midas) BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned to their homeport in Boston, today after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels,...

Return to Panama Canal unlocks memories of Boston-based Coast Guardsman’s youth

Return to Panama Canal unlocks memories of Boston-based Coast Guardsman’s youth
Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Perez, a crewmember aboard the 270-foot, Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, stands aboard the Spencer Jan. 10, 2017 as the cutter transits the Panama Canal. .U.S. Coast Guard Photo vy  Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham On the 20th anniversary of his childhood departure from Panama, Coast Guard Petty Officer Luis Perez found himself in a familiar but...

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer home in Boston following 55-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer home in Boston following 55-day patrol
BOSTON — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned Wednesday to their homeport in Boston following a 55-day patrol. During their patrol, the crew of the Spencer interdicted four sinking migrant vessels, cared for 344 migrants on their decks, responded to four search and rescue cases, and served as a U.S. response platform for the Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew. The...

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns to Boston after North Atlantic patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns to Boston after North Atlantic patrol
The mother of a Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew member waits on the pier, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Coast Guard Base Boston. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi) BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, returned to homeport in Boston, Wednesday, after a 54-day North Atlantic patrol. During the patrol, The crew responded to four...

Coast Guard responds to help fishermen stranded 45 miles off Portland, ME

Coast Guard responds to help fishermen stranded 45 miles off Portland, ME
Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew members prepare to tow the disabled fishing vessel Jocka, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, off the coast of Portland, Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard is towing a 65-foot fishing boat with four people aboard Thursday, 45 miles southeast of Portland, Maine. At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday a crew member aboard the fishing boat Jocka used a VHF-FM radio...

Coast Guard in Southeastern New England, local partners, good Sam save 5 lives in 3 separate incidents

Coast Guard in Southeastern New England, local partners, good Sam save 5 lives in 3 separate incidents
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha is about 11 miles off shore from Martha’s Vineyard Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, with the disabled fishing boat Sasha Lee and the good Samaritan fishing boat Triunfo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo curtsey of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer) BOSTON – The Coast Guard, partner agencies, and a good Samaritan teamed up to respond to three separate Southeastern...

Coast Guard crews tow disabled fishing boat to Point Judith, RI

Coast Guard crews tow disabled fishing boat to Point Judith, RI
A 45-foot Response Boat Medium tows the fishing vessel Mistress, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Scott Habershaw) BOSTON — Coast Guard crews towed a 52-foot disabled fishing boat safely to port in Point Judith, Rhode Island, Saturday morning. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center watchstanders received a call via VHF-16 radio from the captain...

Coast Guard halts 2 commercial fishing crews following multiple safety violations

Coast Guard halts 2 commercial fishing crews following multiple safety violations
BOSTON — The Coast Guard terminated the voyages of two commercial fishing boats Thursday after multiple safety violations were found on each. The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew terminated the voyage of Amber Nicole, an 83-foot dredger homeported in New Bedford, after Spencer’s crew discovered the boat had three serious safety deficiencies. The violations included having no life raft, improperly...