Dominican Republic Fishing Captain Found, Coast Guard Continues Search for Others

MIAMI – The captain of the fishing vessel carrying 39 people that capsized 20 miles north of Monti Cristi, Dominican Republic was found in stable condition on Isla De La Tortue, Haiti this morning. Ramon Pichardo, 38, a Dominican Republic resident, reported he was with six other survivors in a wooden box and decided to swim to the island north of Haiti for help. Pichardo called his wife at 7:30...

Coast Guard Hoists Two to Safely

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two fishermen today after they ran their boat hard aground just south of the jetties leading into Oregon Inlet, N.C. Search and rescue coordinators at Sector North Carolina received the fishermen’s distress call at about 12:20 p.m. The Esther Gail, a 38-foot lobster boat, was taking on water and listing heavily to starboard. Station...

Coast Guard Conducts Search and Rescue Exercise at Tarague Beach

GUAM – Search and Rescue Group Guam (SAR Group Guam) Thursday conducted a quarterly search and rescue exercise at Tarague Beach. The scenario involved two swimmers over the reef and in distress. After initial notification was received, a helicopter from the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 was launched to search for the missing individuals. Boats from Guam Fire and Rescue and Guam...

Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay Receives 2007 Excellence in Food Service Award

NEWPORT, Ore. – The Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay was honored as the recipient of the 2007 Coast Guard Medium Ashore Dining Facility of the Year Award, presented by the International Food Service Executive Association March 31. Chief Warrant Officer Mark Allstott and Food Service Petty Officers Jason England, Steven Williams and Joshua Phillips operate the Yaquina Bay dining facility, that...

Gold Ancient Mariner Change-of-Watch Ceremony Scheduled

MIAMI – A change-of-watch ceremony is scheduled for the Gold Ancient Mariner, alongside the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant at the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, Fla., Friday at 5 p.m. Capt. Michael A. Jett, former chief of enforcement at Coast Guard District Seven, will be relieved as the 12th Gold Ancient Mariner by Coast Guard Chief of Staff...

Investigators Re-Enter Lady of Grace

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Massachusetts State Police and Coast Guard investigators returned to the Lady of Grace yesterday to continue their investigation surrounding the sinking of the vessel on January 26th. No bodies were discovered during today’s investigation. A commercial contractor successfully hoisted the Lady of Grace onto a deck barge yesterday and transported the fishing vessel...

Coast Guard Cutter Rescues 16 in Carribean

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Portsmouth based Coast Guard cutter rescued 13 fishermen Tuesday, another three Wednesday afternoon, and is still searching today for 20 others who remain missing approximately 20 nautical miles north of Monti Cristi, Dominican Republic. The cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter with a crew of approximately 100, was on patrol in the Caribbean Tuesday when it was...

Coast Guard Interdicts 234 Haitian Migrants in 2 Days

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews currently patrolling waters near Great Inagua, Bahamas interdicted 123 Haitian migrants yesterday, bringing the total number of Haitian migrants interdicted since Tuesday to 234. Yesterday, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive interdicted 123 Haitian migrants from a 35-foot sail freighter 23 miles west of Great Inagua. An H-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station...

Two Rescues in Plymouth Mass

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a cliff and saved a fishing vessel from sinking in Plymouth, Mass., Wednesday. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Point Allerton, and a 25-foot response boat from Station Cape Cod Canal sped to assist a 40-foot Plymouth-based fishing boat taking on water and in danger of sinking with...