Coast Guard rescues 2 missing boaters

Coast Guard rescues 2 missing boaters
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, rescues two missing boaters approximately 40 miles west of St. James City, Florida, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued two missing boaters Monday after their 23-foot boat capsized 37 miles west of St. James City. Rescued were Cape Coral residents Renier Denis,...

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 medevacs 59-year-old man from houseboat

Coast Guard medevacs 59-year-old man from houseboat
A 29-foot Response Boat Small-II boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, , medevac a 59-year-old man from Estero Bay, Florida, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 59-year-old man from a houseboat in Estero Bay, Tuesday. At 10:30 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call from a 59-year-old...

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 searching for missing kayaker in San Carlos Bay, Florida

Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker in San Carlos Bay, Florida
USCG File Photo FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard is searching San Carlos Bay Saturday for a missing 29-year-old man who was last seen kayaking off Punta Rassa. At 9:50 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a report from Lee County Sheriff’s Office stating a man had gone missing after camping at Punta Rassa with a group of friends. The man left the group in...

Coast Guard nationally certifies local maritime emergency responders

Naples area maritime emergency responders, and Coast Guard members from Station Fort Myers Beach and Air Station Clearwater are shown in front of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Naples (Florida) Municipal Airport, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) NAPLES, Fla.— Coast Guard members hosted a National Association of Boating Law Administrator’s...

Coast Guard to nationally certify local maritime emergency responders

Coast Guard to nationally certify local maritime emergency responders
NAPLES, Fla.— The Coast Guard is scheduled to host the National Association of Boating Law Administrator’s boating operator search and rescue course Wednesday in Naples, FL.. Members from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach will certify local maritime emergency responders from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Marco Island Police Department,...

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevacked a 29-year-old man Friday from a 72-foot commercial fishing vessel 23 miles southwest of Sanibel. At 4:30 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a VHF-FM marine band radio call from the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Explorer, stating he was experiencing chest pains and was in need of emergency medical attention....