Hawaiian Rescue Crews Double Up on Medical Evacuations

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews plan to medically evacuate an injured crewmember Friday 100 miles southwest of Barber’s Point. The Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) crew here was contacted Friday by the master of the motor vessel Hokuetsu Future and reported an injured 40-year-old male crewmember aboard the vessel. The injured man will be hoisted into an HH-65 Dolphin rescue...

Coast Guard Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oil Spill Task Force

ALAMEDA, Calif. — In a signing ceremony here Tuesday Vice Admiral Charles D. Wurster, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, and Jean Cameron, Executive Coordinator of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies recognizing their mutual goals of spill preparedness, prevention and response, and pledging continued...

Coast Guard Continues Response to Boat Sinking and Pollution on Missouri River

St Charles, Mo. – The Coast Guard in cooperation with several other federal, state, and local agencies as well as the vessel owner continue to respond to the partial sinking of the towing vessel OMAHA on the Missouri River near West Alton, Mo. The Missouri River remains closed to vessel traffic between miles 10.5 and 11.7. Recreational boaters should be advised of these conditions and use caution...

Coast Guard to conduct MEXUS training

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct training with several federal, state, and local agencies along with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, NOAA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Mexican Navy to serve the public in an exercise on June 3-5, 2008, on South Padre Island. MEXUSGULF 2008 is a full scale exercise which will take place over...

Search for Man on Western Lake Erie Suspended

DETROIT – After searching over 15 hours the Coast Guard is suspending its search for a 42-year-old man from Tecumseh, Mich. who is missing after reportedly falling off his boat near Bolles Harbor, western Lake Erie. The man and a passenger were fishing at the time of the accident. The case was reported by the sole passenger on the boat moments after the man fell overboard. Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard dedicates memorial to fallen shipmate

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – The family of Cranston, R.I. native Ronald A. Gill joined Coast Guardsmen from around the country today at Coast Guard Station Point Judith to dedicate a memorial to the fallen sailor who died in the line of duty during a security patrol in Puget Sound in March 2007. Gill’s widow Ambur, his daughter Gracie, and parents Ronald and Rosemary unveiled a granite bench,...

Coast Guard Searching for Missing Man on Western Lake Erie

DETROIT — The Coast Guard and Monroe County Marine Division are conducting a search for a 42-year-old man from Tecumseh, Mich. who is missing after reportedly falling off his boat near Bolles Harbor, western Lake Erie. The man and a passenger were fishing at the time of the accident. The case was reported by the sole passenger on the boat moments after the man fell overboard. Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard Stresses Hurricane Awareness

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is urging all mariners to practice safe boating and be prepared for the 2008 hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Hurricane preparedness is a shared responsibility. Government agencies have a responsibility to alert citizens and respond to those in distress. Those in the path of an approaching storm have an individual responsibility to stay alert,...

Fuel Barges Breakaway From Tow Vessel in St. Louis Harbor

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard is investigating an incident involving two loaded fuel barges which broke free from the tow vessel KEITH GELVIN after the vessel lost all propulsion in the St. Louis harbor, just north of the McKinley Bridge today. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in coordination with the St. Louis Harbor Coalition quickly responded calling all vessels in the area to assist....