Coast Guard Rescues 2 in Intracoastal Waterway

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued two people after they fell overboard 200 yards north of the Isabella causeway in the Intracoastal Waterway Monday morning. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team South Padre Island, Texas, was traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway when a crewmember spotted a Carolina skiff hit a wake and throw it’s two passengers...

Coast Guard Medevac’s Man Near Matagorda Jetties

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard medevaced a man 13 miles southeast of the Matagorda jetties Monday night. Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor, Texas, received a mayday from the ocean survey vessel Brutus at approximately 5:30 p.m., reporting that a crewmember onboard was suffering severe chest pains and difficulty breathing. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi crews launched an...

CGNewsTip: Scuttlebutt…put to bed

Interesting article over at Tidewater Musings concerning the impending organizational changes with the Coast Guard. At HQ, there’s an “ask the Chief of Staff” bit on the internal website. Recently, Vice Admiral Papp was asked, There have been many rumors about the reorganization of Headquarters filtering out to the field. Is it true that Areas, MLC’s and possibly even Districts...

Today in Coast Guard History – February 27th

1925- An Act of Congress authorized the purchase of rubber boots, oilskins, etc., for the use of personnel while engaged in lighthouse work requiring such equipment. Actually, this legislation simply confirmed an existing practice. 1925- An Act of Congress repealed the law providing a ration allowance for keepers of lighthouses and increased their salaries correspondingly. This change was not only...

Sumner I. Kimball

A young lawyer from Maine, Sumner I. Kimball was appointed as the chief of the Treasury Department’s Revenue Marine Division in 1871. He had joined the Treasury Department as a clerk 10 years earlier and had proven his abilities as a manager. Using his hard-earned political know-how, and a good dose of Yankee common sense, Kimball proceeded to completely overhaul the Revenue Marine and the...

Station Rio Vista Receives Top Readiness Award

Rio Vista, Calif., — U.S. Coast Guard Station Rio Vista will be presented with a Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award on Wednesday, February 28 at 1:30 p.m. Rear Adm. Jodi A. Breckenridge, Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District, will preside over a ceremony at the station, and will present the award to station personnel. The Kimball Award recognizes achievement of high readiness by a Coast...

Body of Missing Swimmer Recovered

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue aircrews stopped searching today for a swimmer who was reported missing Sunday, while swimming in The Baths on the southwestern coast of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Chris Edwards, 17, a native of Virgin Gorda, was found dead today after his body resurfaced and was recovered by a Virgin Islands Search and Rescue VISAR marine unit at approximately...

Helicopter Crew to Be Recognized for Valour Rescue

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard helicopter crew that rescued one of the crew members from the tug Valour 65-miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will receive an award for their efforts Tuesday. The Valour, a 135-foot sea going tug, was struggling in 20-foot seas and fierce 70-knot winds when it began taking on water and requested assistance Jan. 18, 2006. The helicopter search and rescue...

Today in Coast Guard History – February 26th

1793- Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury, submitted to the Senate the first list of cutters with stations, officers names, rank and dates of commission. 1984- Five people died, three were injured, and 22 people rescued when the tanker American Eagle exploded 180 miles southeast of New Orleans. An AIRSTA New Orleans HH-3 took the three injured crewmen ashore while a British tanker...