Coast Guard Helps US Marshals Capture Killer

Atlanta, GA – On February 28, 2008, investigators from the U.S. Marshals Middle District of Florida and the United States Coast Guard captured Derron Keenan Williams as he attempted to flee the country. Williams was wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for felony murder and aggravated assault with a weapon. At approximately 3:30 am on February 9, 2008, Williams is believed to have intentionally...

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution

WASHINGTON – The former chief engineer of an American-flagged car-carrier pleaded guilty today to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through a “magic pipe” that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod...

Search for Missing Mariners in Alaska Suspended

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard has suspended the search today for two mariners reported missing February 22th. Mike Dunne and Vern McGee were reported to have been transiting from Juneau to Ketchikan aboard the vessel Transition when the Coast Guard was notified. A door confirmed to be from the Transition was located Wednesday in Frederick Sound on Kupreanof Island. The Coast Guard Cutters...

Anheuser-Busch Extends “Here’s to the Heroes” Program

St. Louis – Anheuser-Busch first launched the Here’s to the Heroes program in February 2005 to acknowledge the service of military members and the sacrifices made by their families. To date, the program has provided free admission to A-B owned theme parks for nearly four million military members and their families. A-B recently announced that they are extending the program through 2008. The...

Coast Guard Names Leadership Award Winner

Washington – The Coast Guard announced today that Chief Damage Controlman (DCC) Steven Simpson has been selected as this years winner of the MCPO Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.  The prestigious award recognizes a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, either active or reserve, who best exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. DCC Simpson is...

Clearwater Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Tampa Cruise Ship

TAMPA, Fla. – Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., medevaced an 80-year-old man at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday from the 915-foot cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas, homeported in Tampa. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a call from the cruise ship at 4:24 p.m., reporting that passenger, Caesar Reyes, hometown unknown, was suffering from heart-attack-like symptoms. The Coast Guard...

Coast Guard conducts pollution response drill in Galveston Bay

HOUSTON – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston, with the assistance of Coast Guard Buoy Tender Harry Claiborne, conducted a pollution response drill using the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) in Galveston Bay, Texas, today. When properly deployed on a ship, the VOSS equipment uses a large strip of containment boom to collect oil into an area directly beside the ship, where a skimmer...

RADM J. David Spade Passes Away

Rear Admiral J. David Spade, USCG, Retired passed away on Tuesday Feb 26 after a long battle with cancer in Tampa, FL. He was 64. Admiral Spade was a 1965 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and retired in 1999. He served with distinction throughout his career and was known for his strong leadership and impact on many Coast Guard men and women. Though he was a committed cutterman, serving aboard...

Video – Coast Guard Cutter Tornado Rescue

Video of the Coast Guard Cutter Tornado crew rescues two men from vessel taking on water, 53 miles south of Key West, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. US Coast Guard Video