Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels

Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels
BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel. For commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can cause blindness to the ship’s operators possibly causing a collision in the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue...

Coast Guard warns public about potential dangers of laser holiday lights near waterways

Coast Guard warns public about potential dangers of laser holiday lights near waterways
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has received multiple reports from mariners that laser holiday lights are shining from waterfront residences and potentially affecting vessel operators’ vision. “Many homes may be using laser holiday lights during this time of the year,” said Captain Joe Raymond, captain of the port, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “We ask that waterfront residents be cognizant of...

Coast Guard seeks public’s help with identifying source of laser light that endangered rescue aircrew

Coast Guard seeks public's help with identifying source of laser light that endangered rescue aircrew
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard announces Thursday a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the illumination by green laser of a Coast Guard helicopter near Muskegon, Mich., in August. This incident is just one of many recent incidents that endangered the safety of Coast Guard aircrews as well as those of other...

Laser incident forces Coast Guard aircrew to make emergency landing during search and rescue case

Laser incident forces Coast Guard aircrew to make emergency landing during search and rescue case
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., was forced to land abruptly while searching for a possible boater in distress Monday night due to laser lights being shined into the cockpit of the helicopter from shore. The life-threatening incident is not the first of its kind for Coast Guard aircrews, and puts the lives of the pilots, crew,...