Coast Guard Cutter Venturous holds change of command in St. Petersburg

Coast Guard Cutter Venturous holds change of command in St. Petersburg
Cmdr. Michael R. Gesele, (right) former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous, transfers command Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Cmdr. Matthew M. Chong during a change of command ceremony held in St. Petersburg. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Joe Perez) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous conducted a change of command ceremony Thursday where Cmdr....

Coast Guard rescues 8 after charter dive boat takes on water

Coast Guard rescues 8 after charter dive boat takes on water
A boatcrew from Station Sand Key and a helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater respond to a  dive boat taking on water 12 miles west of Anclote, Florida, Thursday, July 6, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEARWATER, Fla. — Coast Guard crews rescued eight people Thursday after a charter dive boat took on water 12 miles west of Anclote. At 11:50 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg...

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 60 miles west of Venice, FL

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 60 miles west of Venice, FL
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter File Photo VENICE, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 27-year-old man Saturday night 60 miles west of Venice. Medevaced was Steve Wager. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received notification at 7:40 p.m. via VHF-FM radio channel 16 stating Wager was suffering symptoms of a seizure while aboard a 35-foot fishing boat with...

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Aneclote Key, Fla

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Aneclote Key, Fla
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued four people after their 19-foot boat capsized six miles northwest of Aneclote Key. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 radio at 6:27 p.m., from a mariner reporting he was taking on water with three other people aboard his boat and was approximately...

Coast Guard to close, remove New Pass navigational markers in Sarasota

Coast Guard to close, remove New Pass navigational markers in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to close the New Pass channel and remove the navigational markers due to hazardous conditions between Monday, June 12 and Friday, June 16. New Pass is one of the three channels leading into Sarasota Bay and cuts just between the two keys past Mote Marine Laboratory. Due to unpredictable weather, an exact date of navigational marker removal is not...

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Fort Myers Beach

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Fort Myers Beach
A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach and Lee County EMS personnel with a man (center) in need of medical attention aboard the SPC-SW near Estero Bay, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shae Currington) FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard and Lee County EMS medevaced a 28-year-old man Tuesday from a sailboat near Estero Bay after the Coast Guard received...

Coast Guard offloads $56 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg

Coast Guard offloads $56 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg
Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat offload 1,735 kilograms of cocaine and transfer custody of eight suspected drug smugglers Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Kelly Clark) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon offloaded approximately 1,735 kilograms of cocaine...

Five mariners reunite with their rescuers

Five mariners reunite with their rescuers
People rescued April 15 by the Coast Guard reunite with their rescuers at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, Thursday, April 27, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) CLEARWATER, Fla. — Five mariners rescued April 15 by the Coast Guard reunited with their rescuers Thursday in Clearwater. Various members from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard rescues man, his dog 30 miles off Horseshoe Beach

Coast Guard rescues man, his dog 30 miles off Horseshoe Beach
Jim Baxter, 50, and his dog, Freddy, sit on the bow of a Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 27-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat Thursday, April 27, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Andrade) YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a 50-year-old man and his dog Thursday after the man’s sailboat became disabled near Horseshoe Beach. Rescued was Jim Baxter,...