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 assists 8 with boat taking on water near Channel Key

Coast Guard assists 8 with boat taking on water near Channel Key
Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard assisted eight boaters after their boat began taking on water Monday in the vicinity of Long Key Bridge. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call from the operator of the rented 29-foot Proline fishing boat stating they were taking on water and needed assistance. A Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard locates two missing boaters south of Marquesas Keys, Fla.

Coast Guard locates two missing boaters south of Marquesas Keys, Fla.
MIAMI — Two boaters who were reported missing off the coast of Marathon, Florida, were located by a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 aircrew Wednesday. Raymond and Davonna Churchill, from Marathon, Florida, were located southeast of Marquesas Keys, Florida, aboard their 41-foot sailing vessel. After locating the pair, the aircrew established a line of communication with the sailing vessel and...

Coast Guard searching for 2 overdue boaters in Marathon, Fla.

Coast Guard searching for 2 overdue boaters in Marathon, Fla.
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for two missing boaters who were expected to arrive in Marathon, Fla., Sunday. Raymond and Davonna Churchill from Marathon are believed to have left Key West, Fla., Saturday and have not been heard from since. At approximately 1 p.m Tuesday., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from the marina manager at the Keys Boatworks Marina of...

Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants in past week

Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants in past week
A group of Cuban migrants are discovered south of Key West, Florida, Sep. 13, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo. MIAMI — The Coast Guard has repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, within the past week. These repatriations are a result of nine separate interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. These events all consisted of Cubans attempting to illegally enter the United States...

Search for missing cruise ship Liberty of the Seas passenger suspended

Search for missing cruise ship Liberty of the Seas passenger suspended
MIAMI – Coast Guard crews have suspended their search for a man who reportedly went overboard from a cruise ship 22 nautical miles south of Marathon, Florida, Sunday. Frank Slippo, 43, hometown unknown, reportedly went overboard from the 12th deck balcony of Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship Liberty of the Seas late Sunday night. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders were...

Coast Guard rescues two men from sinking boat near Everglades National Park

Coast Guard rescues two men from sinking boat near Everglades National Park
MIAMI — Two men are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their partially submerged vessel near Everglades National Park Tuesday morning. Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon signal Tuesday morning, quickly triangulated the area to search and launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 dolphin rescue helicopter crew...

Float plan helps save four boaters near Big Pine Key

Float plan helps save four boaters near Big Pine Key
MIAMI — Four people are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their capsized vessel near Big Pine Key, Florida, Sunday night. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report of an overdue 21-foot pleasure craft with four people aboard that departed Marathon, Florida, and never returned by sunset as planned. Sector Key West issued an Urgent Marine Information...