Emergency Support Function 10 Florida establishes hotline for owners of displaced vessels

Emergency Support Function 10 Florida establishes hotline for owners of displaced vessels
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Erin O’Shea and Randy Runnels, Preserves Manager for Florida Department of Environmental Protection, work together to pinpoint the exact GPS location and identification for a sunken vessel, near Ward Island, Florida, Pinellas County, October 7, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Romero. MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10...

Coast Guard offers best practices for removal of vessels after Hurricane Irma

Coast Guard offers best practices for removal of vessels after Hurricane Irma
Damaged observed during an assessment of the St. John’s River by the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew in Mayport, Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton) MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake...

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, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local law enforcement partner for Gasparilla Safety

Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local law enforcement partner for Gasparilla Safety
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vice, a 75-foot Class Inland Construction Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., escort the Jose Gaspar pirate ship during the 2017 Jose Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in the Port of Tampa, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Video Capture by Coast Guard Auxiliarist George Papabeis TAMPA, Fla. — Crews from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Florida...

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for overdue boater 40 miles south of Carrabelle

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for overdue boater 40 miles south of Carrabelle
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to search Tuesday for an Ocala boater reported missing off Horseshoe Beach. Mitchell Szegi, 47, departed in a 22-foot fishing boat at noon Sunday from Horseshoe Beach and was scheduled to return Sunday night according to his wife. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received...

Coast Guard rescues dolphin in Back Bay

Coast Guard rescues dolphin in Back Bay
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a dolphin Thursday after it landed in a boat in Back Bay. At 1 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call from a man who stated he witnessed a 7-foot dolphin jump out of the water and land in the dinghy attached to his sailboat. The Coast Guard in coordination with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...

Coast Guard finds missing Homasassa, Fla., boater

Coast Guard finds missing Homasassa, Fla., boater
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — William Durden, from Reno, Nevada, was located about 15 nautical miles southeast of Aripeka, Florida by the Coast Guard, Thursday. The 61-year-old man was reported overdue by his wife at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday after leaving their summer residence on the Homosassa River at 10:30 a.m. aboard a 22-foot boat. At 1:10 a.m. Thursday crewmembers from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

Coast Guard reminds boaters of safety during scallop season near Crystal River, Fla.

Coast Guard reminds boaters of safety during scallop season near Crystal River, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is emphasizing boating safety at the start of this year’s bay scallop season from June 27 – Sept. 24 in the Crystal River, Florida, and Homosassa, Florida, area. The Coast Guard is expecting to see an increase in the amount of boaters on the water for this year’s season and strongly encourage boaters...

Coast Guard, good Samaritan find deceased fisherman near Hudson, Fla.

Coast Guard, good Samaritan find deceased fisherman near Hudson, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 29-year-old man was located deceased by a good Samaritan, and recovered by a Coast Guard crew eight miles west of Hudson Beach, Florida, Tuesday. Deceased is Anthony Coffey, 29. A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, reovered Coffey. William Coffey, 17, was found alive by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crews...