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 medevacs man from vessel 4 miles west of Crystal River Barge Canal

Coast Guard medevacs man from vessel 4 miles west of Crystal River Barge Canal
24 foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water File Photo YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 71-year-old man Saturday four miles west of the Crystal River Barge Canal. Medevacked was Donald Puzello. Coast Guard Station Yankeetown watch standers received notification at 2:45 p.m. from Citrus County Sheriff’s Office stating Puzello was suffering from chest pains while aboard an 18-foot...

Five mariners reunite with their rescuers

Five mariners reunite with their rescuers
People rescued April 15 by the Coast Guard reunite with their rescuers at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, Thursday, April 27, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) CLEARWATER, Fla. — Five mariners rescued April 15 by the Coast Guard reunited with their rescuers Thursday in Clearwater. Various members from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard rescues man, his dog 30 miles off Horseshoe Beach

Coast Guard rescues man, his dog 30 miles off Horseshoe Beach
Jim Baxter, 50, and his dog, Freddy, sit on the bow of a Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 27-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat Thursday, April 27, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Andrade) YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a 50-year-old man and his dog Thursday after the man’s sailboat became disabled near Horseshoe Beach. Rescued was Jim Baxter,...

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Yankeetown

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Yankeetown
USCG File Photo YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Levy County EMS medevaced a 33-year-old man Monday from a sailboat near Yankeetown after the Coast Guard received a report that the man and his friend were missing. Medevaced was Edward Dunaway, 33, of Clearwater. At 7:35 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report of two missing men aboard a 33-foot sailboat....

Coast Guard rescues 2 after plane crashes near Yankeetown

Coast Guard rescues 2 after plane crashes near Yankeetown
A single-engine plane sits in the water near End of County Road 40 Boat Ramp, Yankeetown, Florida, Wednesday, April 20, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason M. Andrade) YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Wednesday after their plane crashed in the water near Yankeetown. Rescued were a 19-year-old male from Longwood, who piloted the plane, and an 18-year-old...

Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes west of Cedar Key

Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes west of Cedar Key
USCG File Photo CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key. At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of...

Coast Guard rescues 3 after their boat capsizes near Crystal River

Coast Guard rescues 3 after their boat capsizes near Crystal River
USCG File Photo YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Wednesday after their vessel capsized near Crystal River. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center watch standers were notified at 3:45 p.m. via 911 transfer stating two women and one man capsized about a mile north of the barge canal in Yankeetown. A boat crew aboard a 24-foot Rescue Boat from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown...