Federal, state and local agencies ensure safety, security of Florida Keys

Federal, state and local agencies ensure safety, security of Florida Keys
Members of Port Security Unit 308, based out of Kiln Mississippi, test radio communications after arriving to Naval Air Station Key West for Hurricane Irma response efforts, Sept. 14, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin R. Williams ORLANDO, Fla. — Coast Guard personnel are working alongside partner federal, state and local agencies in the Florida Keys to ensure the safety...

Coast Guard search and rescue assets return to Florida Keys, Rescue 21 towers operational

Coast Guard search and rescue assets return to Florida Keys, Rescue 21 towers operational
Crews from Station Islamorada and Station Marathon transit from Fort Myers, Florida, to Islamorada, Florida, Sept. 12, 2017 aboard response boat-mediums.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. ORLANDO, Fla. – All Coast Guard small-boat and cutter search and rescue assets in addition to essential personnel assigned to units in the Florida Keys have returned to the Keys, Friday. Coast Guard assets and personnel...

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child near Alligator Reef

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child near Alligator Reef
A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew side tow a pleasure craft to Islamorada after the boat began taking on water near Alligator Reef Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Islamorada MIAMI — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued three adults and one child from a vessel taking on water near Alligator Reef, Friday. Watchstanders...

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, a dog from grounded vessel near Cowpens Cut

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, a dog from grounded vessel near Cowpens Cut
Coast Guard file photo of a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement. MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a grounded 21-foot recreational boat near Islamorada, Monday. At approximately 8:33 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a report of two red flares in the vicinity of Cowpens Cut. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information...

Coast Guard rescues five boaters from capsized vessel

Coast Guard rescues five boaters from capsized vessel
A Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crew rescued five boaters July 15, 2017, from a capsized vessel approximately 3 miles west of Alligator Reef Light.  MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued five boaters Saturday from a capsized vessel approximately 3 miles west of Alligator Reef Light. At approximately 2:22 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received notification that a 18-foot pleasure...

Coast Guard rescues two Cuban fisherman 17 miles south of Grassy Key

Coast Guard rescues two Cuban fisherman 17 miles south of Grassy Key
A Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crew rescues two Cuban fisherman Thursday, May 18, 2017, approximately 17 miles south of Grassy Key.  (Coast Guard photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two Cuban fisherman Thursday 17 miles south of Grassy Key. Watch standers at the Coast Guard Seventh District received a request for assistance from the Cuban Border Guard at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday...

Coast Guard searching for missing diver near Alligator Reef

Coast Guard searching for missing diver near Alligator Reef
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching Tuesday for a diver who was reported missing near Alligator Reef. At 5:13 p.m., watch standers with the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center received a report of a missing diver near Alligator Reef from a crew member aboard the vessel Pisces. Coast Guard watch standers issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, launched a Coast Guard Station Islamorada...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship passenger

Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship passenger
MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended their search at 5:44 p.m. Friday for a man who fell overboard from the Independence of the Seas cruise ship. Nathaniel Skokan, 22, was reportedly seen going overboard from the 12th deck Thursday. “We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Skokan” said Chris Eddy, search and rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th...

Coast Guard searches for cruise ship passenger 33 miles southeast of Key Largo

Coast Guard searches for cruise ship passenger 33 miles southeast of Key Largo
MIAMI – The Coast Guard is searching Thursday for a man who went overboard from the Independence of the Seas cruise ship approximately 33 miles southeast of Key Largo. Watch standers with the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center received notification from the Independence of the Seas crew at 1:49 a.m. Thursday that a 22-year-old man was reportedly seen going overboard from the 12th...