Coast Guard Responds To Oil Spill near Venice, LA

Venice, LA- The U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Olreans is responding toan oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from a well head located approximately 60 miles south of Venice, Louisiana. The spill of crude oil was discovered around 8:00 a.m this morning andresulted in a two mile by eight mile heavy sheen. It is believed that the spill occured when an unidentified vessel struck a discharge pipeline coming...

Coast Guard Intercepts, Repatriates 64 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – Cuban migrants interdicted in four events were repatriated by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, Sunday. The crew of the Cutter Drummond interdicted a go-fast vessel carrying 29 migrants and two suspected smugglers 35 miles south of Dry Tortugas, Fla., Monday. The two suspected smugglers were transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials...

Coast Guard Airlifts 2 from Martha’s Vineyard

BOSTON – An Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew airlifted two people from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston in separate flights this morning. The first flight landed 3:13 a.m. after transporting a 76-year-old female suffering from a head injury after she slipped and fell. The helicopter crew launched again from the island carrying a 77-year-old...

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted and medically transported an 18-year-old male from a fishing vessel today 65 miles offshore of Warrenton, Ore. Coast Guard Group Astoria received a call at approximately 2:45 p.m. reporting that a man onboard the Canadian flagged fishing vessel Tequila was experiencing an acute allergic reaction. The helicopter crew conducted the medevac...

Searchers find body of missing boogie boarder

SEATTLE – The body of a swimmer who had been reported missing while boogie boarding off the surf of Long Beach, Wash., Friday night was located by searchers early this morning. The 17-year-old boogie boarder was discovered near Bolstad Approach, Wash., two miles from where he was last seen. The Pacific County Dispatch received the initial call of the missing boogie boarder around 5 p.m. Friday...

Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking sailboat

EASTERN SHORE, Md. – The Coast Guard rescued three people today after the 42-foot sailboat they were on ran aground a half mile off the coast of Assateague Island, Md. Rescued were Larry Michaels, George Grabowski and Joseph Tosta. The Coast Guard received a radio call at 1:09 a.m. from Larry Michaels, who reported his sailboat had ran aground on a sandbar and was taking on water. A helicopter...

Coast Guard searches for missing swimmer

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is searching for a swimmer reported missing earlier this evening along the surf off of Long Beach, Wash. The missing swimmer is described as a 17-year-old male wearing white swimming trunks. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., are on scene conducting the search. The...

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Diver

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing diver 18-miles off the coast of Port Canaveral Friday at 10:20 p.m. John Sansbury, 60, of Winter Garden, Fla., was diving with a friend for lobster when they became separated, and Sansbury’s diving companion resurfaced without him. The man then contacted local authorities stating that Sansbury didn’t resurface. Coast...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant Returning Home from 53 Day Patrol

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant will return to Port Canaveral Monday 8:30 a.m. after a 53 day deployment. Vigilant’s crew spent more than seven weeks conducting homeland security, law enforcement and search and rescue missions in the Gulf of Mexico working with Coast Guard Sectors Mobile, New Orleans, and Galveston-Houston and their stations and patrol boat crews...