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 rescues 8 after charter dive boat takes on water

Coast Guard rescues 8 after charter dive boat takes on water
A boatcrew from Station Sand Key and a helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater respond to a  dive boat taking on water 12 miles west of Anclote, Florida, Thursday, July 6, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEARWATER, Fla. — Coast Guard crews rescued eight people Thursday after a charter dive boat took on water 12 miles west of Anclote. At 11:50 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg...

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Aneclote Key, Fla

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Aneclote Key, Fla
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued four people after their 19-foot boat capsized six miles northwest of Aneclote Key. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 radio at 6:27 p.m., from a mariner reporting he was taking on water with three other people aboard his boat and was approximately...

Coast Guard rescues stranded mariners near Dunedin Causeway

Coast Guard rescues stranded mariners near Dunedin Causeway
USCG File Photo DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two women and a 3-year-old girl Monday after they became stranded on a spoil island near the Dunedin Causeway. Rescued were Tampa natives, Gia Oliva, 29, her daughter Violet Maga, 3, and Allison Beaseman, 31. At 6 p.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Station Sand Key received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stating...

Coast Guard Station Sand Key holds change of command

Coast Guard Station Sand Key holds change of command
Chief Warrant Officer Larry L. Zeruth, former commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Sand Key, salutes Chief Warrant Officer Tracy E. Randall during a change of command ceremony held in Clearwater Fla., Friday, April 14, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse) CLEARWATER, Fla. — Coast Guard Station Sand Key held a change of command ceremony Friday where Chief...

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat floods 100 miles offshore

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat floods 100 miles offshore
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, dewater a 33-foot boat 23 miles west of New Port Richie, Florida, Wednesday, March 3, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) PORT RICHEY, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Wednesday after a 33-foot boat took on water 100 miles west of Port Richey. At 2:19 p.m. watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg...

Coast Guard rescues boater who was adrift over 13 hours west of Clearwater Beach

Coast Guard rescues boater who was adrift over 13 hours west of Clearwater Beach
Coast Guard crew members from Station Sand Key, Florida conclude a tow Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Clearwater Marina, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a boater Monday 18 miles west of Clearwater Beach after his sailboat’s engine and rudder failed, rendering the boat disabled and adrift since Sunday evening. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command...

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat takes on water

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat takes on water
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Olsen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Joray Deliz, crew members from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, dewater a 30-foot boat 3 miles west of Clearwater Pass, Florida, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Saturday after their 30-foot boat took on water 3 miles west of Clearwater Pass. At 11:15 a.m....