Coast Guard searching for fishing vessel in distress off Barnegat, NJ

Coast Guard searching for fishing vessel in distress off Barnegat, NJ
47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. File Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau PHILADELPHIA –The Coast Guard is searching for a fishing vessel in distress approximately 40-miles off the coast of Barnegat, New Jersey, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert...

Coast Guard recognizes Norfolk Fire and Rescue Captain, Police Officer for heroism

Coast Guard recognizes Norfolk Fire and Rescue Captain, Police Officer for heroism
Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, 5th Coast Guard District, shares a moment with Norfolk Police Officer David Dubus while presenting him the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award in Norfolk, Jan. 23, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) NORFOLK, Va. — The Coast Guard recognized a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Captain and a Norfolk Police...

Coast Guard reopens Capes following blizzard in Hampton Roads, Va.

Coast Guard reopens Capes following blizzard in Hampton Roads, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Captain of the Port fully reopened the Port at noon Friday. Ice condition two is still in effect. Ice has been reported on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and in the Chesapeake Bay tributaries. “The Port is now open without restrictions,” said Capt. Rick Wester, Sector Hampton Roads Captain of the Port. “However, we strongly recommend all...

Coast Guard sets ice condition 2 in Hampton Roads, plans to close Capes to vessel traffic

Coast Guard sets ice condition 2 in Hampton Roads, plans to close Capes to vessel traffic
Coast Guard Cutter Chock file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Captain of the Port set ice condition two and closed the Capes to inbound and outbound vessel traffic at 6 p.m. today. Ice condition two is set when there is significant formation of ice in navigable waters. Ice has been reported on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and in...

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 medevacs man suffering from seizure near Virginia Beach, Va.

Coast Guard medevacs man suffering from seizure near Virginia Beach, Va.
Coast Guard Station Little Creek 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd. Class Mark Jones PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard Station Little Creek crew medevaced a man with multiple sclerosis suffering from a seizure on a boat near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Saturday afternoon. At 12:29 p.m., someone aboard a 23-foot Boston Whaler, the Miss Joe, called out for assistance on...

Coast Guard concludes search for man located alive near Machipongo, Va.

Coast Guard concludes search for man located alive near Machipongo, Va.
Coast Guard Cutter Mako file photo photo by AUX David Lau PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard concluded its search for a Norfolk man after he was located alive near Machipongo Sunday. Wesley Schoonmaker was discovered by a good Samaritan after Schoonmaker came ashore with his raft at a Machipongo beach near the person’s home and walked into their backyard. The good Samaritan called Eastern Shore...

Coast Guard, others search for man near Norfolk, Va.

Coast Guard, others search for man near Norfolk, Va.
Coast Guard Cutter Mako file photo photo by AUX David Lau PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching Sunday for a man last seen planning to take a raft out on the Chesapeake Bay. The Norfolk Police Department notified the Coast Guard at about 5 p.m. on Saturday that 49-year-old Wesley Schoonmaker was last seen departing his Norfolk residence wearing a full wetsuit. He had...

Coast Guard suspends its search for missing man near Quinby, Va.

Coast Guard suspends its search for missing man near Quinby, Va.
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing man southeast of Quinby Saturday. The 36-year-old missing man was last seen camping on Parramore Island around midnight Thursday. The Coast Guard searched for a total of 30 hours covering approximately 142 square miles Friday and Saturday. “One of the most difficult decisions...