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 2 divers near Wilkes Barre-Wreck

Coast Guard rescues 2 divers near Wilkes Barre-Wreck
A Coast Guard Station Key West boatcrew returns two divers to their vessel after the rescue crew found the divers near Wilkes Barre-Wreck, Florida Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Key West MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued two divers who went missing near Wilkes Barre-Wreck, Sunday. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report from the National...

Coast Guard conducts safety inspections, fishery boarding during 2017 Mini Lobster Season

Coast Guard conducts safety inspections, fishery boarding during 2017 Mini Lobster Season
U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Stacy Kenerly, Boarding Team member for Station Key West, fills out the safety inspection paperwork during a recreational vessel boarding while on patrol in Calda Channel, just north of Key West, on the first day of Mini Lobster season, July 26, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Romero. KEY WEST, Fla. – The Coast Guard and, Florida...

Coast Guard medevacs shark bite victim off Snipes Point near Snipes Key, Fla.

Coast Guard medevacs shark bite victim off Snipes Point near Snipes Key, Fla.
MIAMI — A 40-year-old woman was medevaced by the Coast Guard from Snipes Point near Snipes Key after she was reportedly bitten by a small shark Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call over VHF-FM radio channel 16 from a good Samaritan at 12:37 p.m., reporting the incident and the location of the victim. A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat crew...

Coast Guard rescues six boaters from capsized vessel

Coast Guard rescues six boaters from capsized vessel
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photoMIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued six boaters Thursday from a capsized vessel approximately 10 miles northwest of Key West. At approximately 3:56 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received notification that a 24-foot pleasure craft with six boaters was taking on water. The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast,...

Coast Guard repatriates 90 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard repatriates 90 Cuban migrants
A Coast Guard Station Key West boat crew approaches a rustic vessel Nov. 10, 2016, with 18 Cuban migrants onboard approximately one mile southeast of Marquesas, Florida. (Coast Guard photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard repatriated 90 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Tuesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 62 Cuban migrants Tuesday and 28 Cuban migrants Wednesday. These...

Coast Guard rescues 3 jet skiers following collision in Key West Harbor

Coast Guard rescues 3 jet skiers following collision in Key West Harbor
MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued three jet skiers Saturday following a collision between two jet skis in Key West Harbor. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report via VHF marine radio at approximately 11 a.m. from an individual aboard the Caribbean Fury, who reported two jet skis collided, and several people were injured. Two boat crews from Coast Guard Station Key West were...

Coast Guard searching for missing diver southwest of Marquesas Key

Coast Guard searching for missing diver southwest of Marquesas Key
MIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for a diver Wednesday reported missing approximately 9 miles southwest of Marquesas Key. The 46-year-old man was reported missing on VHF Channel 16 about 12 p.m. by a friend after he failed to return from a dive. The recreational vessel he was diving from found the man’s dive buoy and spear gun in the water. He was last seen wearing a camouflage...