Mississippi Native Named Eighth Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year

(From Left) Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, Commander Eighth Coast Guard District, presents the Eighth Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year Award to Petty Officer 1st Class Michael R. Scott, along with Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Amatrudo, Command Master Chief Eighth Coast Guard District, in a ceremony held here today. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas M....

Vessel with 14 Migrants Intercepted

MIAMI – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Stations Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet successfully intercepted a 30-foot vessel carrying 14 migrants, claiming Guyanese and Brazilian citizenship, in an apparent smuggling venture of attempting the illegally enter the United States. The vessel was picked up on radar at 10:18 p.m., 15 miles north of Bimini, Bahamas, by crewmembers...

Passenger Boat Collides with Towboat on Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding today to a reported collision between a passenger vessel and a towing vessel on the Mississippi River in the Kenner, La., bend. The passenger vessel River Explorer and the UTV James E. Nevin reportedly collided at approximately 10:30 a.m., near mile marker 115, located between the Huey P. Long bridge and the Luling Bridge. The River Explorer, which...

Vessel Hits Dam on the Ohio River near Smithland, Ky.

PADUCAH, Ky. – The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 8 a.m. today that a towing vessel had reportedly collided with Smithland Lock and Dam, located along the Ohio River near mile marker 918, near Smithland, Ky. The motor vessel Nelson Lewis, was pushing one empty tank barge and 11 empty non-regulated barges. Two barges are reported missing and believed to have sunk. Two barges are...

Coast Guard Stresses Dangers of Cold Water

BOSTON – This week, with sunshine and warmer temperatures forecasted for the weekend, the Coast Guard is stressing cold water warnings and the danger of sudden cold-water immersion to early spring boaters, paddlers, sailors and fishermen on the inland and coastal waters from Maine to New Jersey. “With spring weather in the offing and with most inland ponds and lakes ice-free, there are...

Today in Coast Guard History – March 30th

1867- Alaska purchase treaty signed with Russia. 1942- Coast Guard was designated as a service of the Navy to be administered by the Commandant of Coast Guard under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, similar to the administration of the Marine Corps.

Coast Guard Searching for Overdue Boaters Off the British Virgin Islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for an overdue pleasure craft with two passengers on board, that went missing yesterday while traveling from Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, to Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Kevin McMillan, a Jost Van Dyke resident and baker, and Roxanne Williams, also a Jost Van Dyke resident, were reported missing to the Coast Guard...

Search for Man Missing in Long Island Sound Suspended

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a man missing in Long Island Sound near Milford Point at 10:45 a.m. today after an exhaustive search of the area involving 10 boats and helicopters from numerous agencies. Suffolk County Police Department Marine and Aviation Bureaus, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation...

Chief Engineers Plead Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution in ‘Magic Pipe’ Cases

WASHINGTON – The chief engineers of two American-flagged car-carrier ships based in Baltimore have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through “magic pipes” that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown for the Department of Justice’s Environment...