Coast Guard boatcrew rescues person in the water in Bellingham Bay, Wash.

Coast Guard boatcrew rescues person in the water in Bellingham Bay, Wash.
SEATTLE – A Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew rescued a person in the water in Bellingham Bay, Wash., Sunday evening.   The Station Bellingham 29-foot Response Boat Small II crew arrived on scene to assist a man struggling in the water and safely transported him back to the station where local Emergency Medical Services personnel waited at the station to transfer him to PeaceHealth St. Joseph...

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to hold Change of Command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to hold Change of Command ceremony
SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound will hold a Change of Command ceremony at Base Seattle, 1 p.m., Friday. Capt. Linda Sturgis will relieve Capt. Joe Raymond as commander of the Sector, and Raymond’s next assignment will be at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the executive assistant to the vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Rear Adm. Mark Butt, commander, Coast Guard...

Coast Guard responds to diesel fuel spill on Duwamish River

Coast Guard responds to diesel fuel spill on Duwamish River
Oil spill responders cleanup a diesel fuel spill in the Duwamish River near Seattle after a tug allided with a barge, Feb. 28, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Donal Warden. SEATTLE — Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology personnel are responding to a diesel spill caused by an allision between a tug and barge on the Duwamish River, Tuesday. The tug involved in the allision...

Coast Guard completes ballast water violation investigation, initiates civil penalty

Coast Guard completes ballast water violation investigation, initiates civil penalty
SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, after an investigation of ballast water discharge violations, initiated civil penalty proceedings against the operator, Vega Reederei GmbH & Co. KG, of the bulk carrier Vega Mars, Feb. 2, 2017. Investigators found that around Jan. 29, 2017, while moored in Tacoma, ballast water was discharged from the vessel without the use of a Coast Guard approved ballast water...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker near Allyn, Wash.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker near Allyn, Wash.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Coast Guard suspended its search at 2:19 p.m., for Andrew W. Aldrich, a kayaker who was reported missing early Wednesday morning in North Bay in the vicinity of Case Inlet near Allyn. The Coast Guard searched 16 square miles for more than 12 hours covering 170 miles in efforts to locate Aldrich, 31, who was last seen in a yellow kayak wearing dark green Carhardt gear and no...

Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker near Allyn, Wash.

Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker near Allyn, Wash.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Coast Guard is searching North Bay in the vicinity of Case Inlet near Allyn, for a missing kayaker who was last seen at 11:45 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard is searching for Andrew W. Aldredge, 31 , who was last seen in a yellow kayak wearing dark green Carhardt gear and no life jacket. The Coast Guard was notified of the missing man by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office...

Coast Guard assesses $9,500 civil penalty for Washington State Ferry laser strike

Coast Guard assesses $9,500 civil penalty for Washington State Ferry laser strike
A high-powered blue laser shines against a black background, demonstrating just how strong the light can be when emitted from this device.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.) SEATTLE — A Coast Guard Hearing Officer assessed a $9,500 civil penalty, Dec. 27 2016, to a Washington resident for interfering with the safe operation of the Washington State Ferry Tokitae by shining a high-powered blue laser...

Coast Guard rescues 1 mariner aboard disabled vessel in Bellingham Bay

Coast Guard rescues 1 mariner aboard disabled vessel in Bellingham Bay
A 27-foot crab boat sits disabled and adrift in the shoals of Bellingham Bay, December 31, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham.) SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued one mariner aboard a disabled vessel after he become disoriented in Bellingham Bay, Saturday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center received a report from Station Bellingham of the disabled and adrift...

Coast Guard warns public about potential dangers of laser holiday lights near waterways

Coast Guard warns public about potential dangers of laser holiday lights near waterways
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has received multiple reports from mariners that laser holiday lights are shining from waterfront residences and potentially affecting vessel operators’ vision. “Many homes may be using laser holiday lights during this time of the year,” said Captain Joe Raymond, captain of the port, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “We ask that waterfront residents be cognizant of...