Coast Guard crews along Florida Gulf Coast prepare for Hurricane Irma

Coast Guard crews along Florida Gulf Coast prepare for Hurricane Irma
Members from Coast Guard Station Cortez make preparations to evacuate their crew and assets out of Hurricane Irma’s path before it makes landfall. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard stations along Florida’s Gulf Coast pre-staged personnel and boats Saturday for potential Hurricane Irma impacts to the area. Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports

Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports
TAMPA, Fla. – The Coast Guard has closed Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports, and set Hurricane Condition ZULU (sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours). The ports are closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. No vessel may enter, depart or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP). All cargo and bunker...

Coast Guard rescues missing diver off Florida Gulf Coast

Coast Guard rescues missing diver off Florida Gulf Coast
A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, rescues a diver, Patrick L. Morgan, 10 miles west of Blackburn Bay, Florida, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a missing diver 10 miles west of Blackburn Bay, Friday. Rescued was Patrick L. Morgan, 47, from North Port. At 2:10 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cortez received a Sarasota...

Coast Guard medevacs man from tanker 13 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida

Coast Guard medevacs man from tanker 13 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater approaches the 550-foot tanker Gaschem Stade, 13 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gage Hunt) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —The Coast Guard medevaced a 55-year-old male Philippine national from a 550-foot tanker 13 miles west of Egmont Key, Monday. At 10:15 a.m. watchstanders...

Coast Guard medevacs diver 20 miles west of Egmont Key

Coast Guard medevacs diver 20 miles west of Egmont Key
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat -Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Lester) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Coast Guard medevaced a 43-year-old diver from a boat 20 miles west of Egmont Key, Sunday. At 11:06 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from crewmembers aboard a 23-foot boat reporting a diver in their party...

Coast Guard, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office assist 3 boaters sinking off Gasparilla Pass

Coast Guard, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office assist 3 boaters sinking off Gasparilla Pass
Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Cortez, assist three men Wednesday after their 52-foot fishing boat started sinking 4 miles west of Gasparilla Pass, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) VENICE, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office assisted three men Wednesday after their boat started sinking 4 miles west of Gasparilla Pass. Assisted were: Sherman Williams, 66 Frank...

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters a mile west of Sarasota

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters a mile west of Sarasota
The 24-foot pontoon boat that started sinking Sunday, June 4, 2017 with six people aboard near New Pass Inlet, Sarasota, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brigitta Lambright) SARASOTA, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued six people Sunday after their boat started sinking near New Pass Inlet. Rescued were: Kevin Kost, 57, from Sarasota Bill Eckert, 57, from Fairfield, Conn. J.D....

Coast Guard medevacs man from shrimp boat

Coast Guard medevacs man from shrimp boat
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon and Station Cortez medevac a 19-year-old man from a 78-foot shrimping boat 7 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevacked a 19-year-old man Wednesday from a shrimping boat 7 miles west of Egmont Key. At 10:07 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg...

Coast Guard rescues 5 after boat takes on water west of Sarasota Bay

Coast Guard rescues 5 after boat takes on water west of Sarasota Bay
SARASOTA, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued five people Saturday after a 36-foot boat took on water 42 miles west of Sarasota Bay. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a mayday call at 8:27 a.m. via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from one of the five boaters who stated the boat was flooding. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter...