Coast Guard issues violations, stresses water safety before record heat wave hits Washington

Coast Guard issues violations, stresses water safety before record heat wave hits Washington
Key pieces of boating safety equipment, including a lifejacket, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, pyrotechnics and other visual distress signals, a fog horn and a life ring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson) SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to three separate reports of disabled and adrift vessels in Washington, Friday afternoon, rescuing a total of eight adults and three...

Coast Guard medevacs ill man from cruise ship MS Amsterdam

Coast Guard medevacs ill man from cruise ship MS Amsterdam
USCG File Photo PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Coast Guard aircrew conducted a medevac of an ill man from the cruise ship MS Amsterdam, which was off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, Sunday morning. The aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted a 79-year-old American citizen suffering from stroke-related symptoms and transferred him to awaiting emergency...

Prepared kayaker survives distress situation in Puget Sound near Hood Canal

Prepared kayaker survives distress situation in Puget Sound near Hood Canal
USCG File Photo SEATTLE – A prepared kayaker survived a distress situation Wednesday afternoon during a kayak trip between Brinnon and Seabeck. The kayaker was rescued by good Samaritan boaters in the area and transferred to Kitsap County Fire Department personnel on shore for evaluation. Personnel from the Washington Emergency Operations Center notified the Coast Guard of an electronic position...

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 4 dogs from sinking vessel in Puget Sound

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 4 dogs from sinking vessel in Puget Sound
USCG File Photo SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued two people and four dogs from a vessel taking on water 1.5 miles east of Point No Point in Puget Sound, Tuesday night. A Coast Guard Station Seattle crewmember plugged a hull in the vessel and used a dewatering pump to stabilize the situation before the remainder of the rescue crew towed the boat, people and pets to Edmonds Marina. Watchstanders in...

Coast Guard, partner agencies assist injured man from sailing vessel south of Lopez Island, Wash.

Coast Guard, partner agencies assist injured man from sailing vessel south of Lopez Island, Wash.
45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi) SEATTLE — Coast Guard, locals and emergency response personnel assisted an injured man aboard a 35-foot sailing vessel off Lopez Island, Thursday. Responders aboard the Sentinel, 38-foot public safety boat from the San Juan Island County Sheriff’s Department, transported the 58-year-old...

Coast Guard shuts down illegal charter at Fisherman’s Terminal

Coast Guard shuts down illegal charter at Fisherman’s Terminal
SEATTLE — Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound personnel prevented a vessel from operating illegally with more than 6 passengers for hire and potentially eliminated an unsafe condition yesterday evening. The vessel Longhorn, an uninspected vessel moored at Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard, is limited to carrying only six passengers for hire and intended to get underway with 19 passengers for hire and...

Agencies to conduct exercise aboard Washington State Ferry Chimacum

Agencies to conduct exercise aboard Washington State Ferry Chimacum
SEATTLE – Several federal, state and local agencies will be conducting exercises on the Washington State Ferry Chimacum Tuesday morning outside of Elliott Bay. Increased levels of activity will be noticed during these hours. Boaters and members of the public on land may see or hear training activity, including the use of blank ammunition. Although blank ammunition looks and sounds like real gunfire,...

Coast Guard crew rescues two boys stranded in Lopez Sound, Wash.

Coast Guard crew rescues two boys stranded in Lopez Sound, Wash.
USCG File Photo SEATTLE – A Coast Guard crew rescued two 12-year-old male kayakers who became stranded on Crab Island in Lopez Sound, Wash., Wednesday. The kayakers paddled out to meet Coast Guard Station Bellingham crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and were safely transported to the boat ramp at Hunter’s Point on Lopez Island. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received...

Coast Guard hoists mariner from vessel aground north of Vendovi Island, Wash.

Coast Guard hoists mariner from vessel aground north of Vendovi Island, Wash.
USCG File Photo SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews rescued a distressed mariner from a 30-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water and stuck on the rocks north of Vendovi Island, Tuesday night. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, hoisted the man and transported him to Anacortes Airport, where he was safely transferred to emergency medical service personnel to...