Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.

Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard command centers in North Carolina and Virginia experienced an increase in suspected hoax distress calls in November. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington and Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth typically notice a spike in the amount of traffic on VHF-FM channel 16 during the late fall, as well as an increase in suspected false distress...

Coast Guard to court-martial petty officer accused of child endangerment

Coast Guard to court-martial petty officer accused of child endangerment
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a general court-martial Tuesday at Coast Guard Island in Alameda for a petty officer accused of child endangerment. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jimmy Barlow is accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134 – child endangerment resulting in gross bodily harm. Barlow is the subject of a six-year investigation by both the...

Coast Guard continues efforts to deliver aid to Puerto Rican communities impacted by Hurricane Maria

Coast Guard continues efforts to deliver aid to Puerto Rican communities impacted by Hurricane Maria
A child stands in what is left of his house in Utuado, Puerto Rico, which was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria Oct. 12, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard, FEMA, U.S. Army and Puerto Rico “Hacienda” personnel combined efforts throughout the week to deliver water and thousands of meals to local towns and...

Coast Guard, partners deliver relief supplies in Puerto Rico

Coast Guard, partners deliver relief supplies in Puerto Rico
Coast Guard and partner agencies distribute 3,000 meals and 4,500 liters of water Sept. 26, 2017, in Humacoa, Puerto Rico.  (Coast Guard photo) MIAMI — Coast Guard Investigative Service agents, Coast Guard law enforcement teams, Federal Emergency Management Agency crews, Red Cross crews, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency crews and Puerto Rico police officers delivered 3,000 meals and 4,500...

Coast Guard member sentenced to four years confinement at General Court-Martial

Coast Guard member sentenced to four years confinement at General Court-Martial
SEATTLE — A Coast Guard member has been found guilty of violating one specification of Article 107 and two specifications of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including a sexual act against a person incapable of consenting due to impairment of alcohol. Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan A. Guzman was sentenced by a General Court-Martial on Friday to confinement for four years,...

Coast Guard apprehends 4 Dominicans suspected of drug smuggling activities off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard apprehends 4 Dominicans suspected of drug smuggling activities off Puerto Rico
Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel in San Juan, Puerto Rico take custody of four Dominican nationals Aug. 24, 2017, who were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel took custody of four Dominican nationals Thursday, who were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier in Mona Passage waters the morning...

Coast Guard responds to potential threat at Port of Charleston

Coast Guard responds to potential threat at Port of Charleston
MIAMI — At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis in the Port of Charleston. The terminal was evacuated while bomb detection units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigated the threat. A unified command was established to oversee the coordinated response. The unified command identified...

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...

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay $40 Million For Illegal Dumping Of Oil Contaminated Waste

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay $40 Million For Illegal Dumping Of Oil Contaminated Waste
Miami – Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) was sentenced to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida in Miami,...