Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue sinking boater near John’s Pass

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue sinking boater near John's Pass
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued a boater Saturday after his 21-foot boat started to sink 21 miles west of John’s Pass. At 11:36 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a Mayday via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the distressed boater. Watchstanders...

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 5 after boat capsizes

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 5 after boat capsizes
45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi) SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued five boaters Thursday after their 30-foot dive boat capsized 22 miles west of Anclote Island. At 10:05 a.m., an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew on a training flight spotted five boaters clinging to debris and immediately deployed...

Coast Guard rescues 2 from aground personal watercraft

Coast Guard rescues 2 from aground personal watercraft
Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two missing boaters Sunday after their personal watercrafts ran aground near North Clearwater Beach. Rescued were Anthony Grine, 27, and his girlfriend Chyanne Hatcher, 20, from Ohio. A Coast Guard Station Sand Key watchstander received a call at 9 p.m. from Hatcher’s mother, Tonia, reporting...

Coast Guard assists medevac of man 6 miles west of Anclote River

Coast Guard assists medevac of man 6 miles west of Anclote River
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrives to assist an 83-year-old man  suffering from symptoms of shock, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ANCLOTE, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted an 83-year-old man Thursday from a passenger boat 6 miles west of the Anclote River. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center received a call via...

Coast Guard visits Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Coast Guard visits Clearwater Marine Aquarium
John Curry, a veterinary technician at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, explains sea turtle handling to Coast Guard Station Sand Key crewmembers at the aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) CLEARWATER, Fla.— Coast Guard crewmembers participated in marine wildlife rescue training Tuesday at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Eighteen crewmembers...

Coast Guard rescues 2 after canoes sink

Coast Guard rescues 2 after canoes sink
29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two mariners stranded on navigational beacon light 6 near Anclote Key, Sunday. Rescued were cousins Jackie Mabe Jr., 27, from Hudson and Dustin L. Smith, 25, from Tampa. At 1:51 p.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Mabe stating he and his cousin were stranded...

Coast Guard medevacs diver 26 miles northwest of Anclote River

Coast Guard medevacs diver 26 miles northwest of Anclote River
A Coast Guard Station Sand Key boatcrew medevacs a diver 26 miles northwest of Anclote River, Florida, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 38-year-old diver 26 miles northwest of Anclote River, Thursday. Rescued was Nick Lichatz, 38. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call at 12:33 p.m. via VHF-FM marine band...

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...