Coast Guard rescues kayaker from Galveston Bay

HOUSTON (D8 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard rescued a distressed kayaker from Galveston Bay in the vacinity of the north end of the Texas City Dike, early this evening. A wathchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at 5:05 p.m. from the man’s friend reporting the kayaker had overturned and was unable to get back into his kayak. The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot rescue...

Cutter Blackfin Terminates Voyage of Fishing Vessel for Safety Violations

SANTA BARBABA, Calif (D11 Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin terminated the voyage of a 39-foot fishing vessel 20 miles southwest of Santa Barbara yesterday. The Coast Guard boarding team discovered the vessel was operating without the minimum required safety equipment. The vessel was escorted to Santa Barbara after the voyage was terminated. “Our boarding team determined...

26 Rescued by Good Samaritans from Burning Boat

CALABASH, N.C. (Dy Public Affairs) – Twenty-six people were rescued by two good Samaritans 17 miles east of Little River, S.C., at around 9:28 a.m. Wednesday. The Miss Calabash II, a 41-foot vessel for hire, departed Calabash Wednesday morning for a 12-hour trip. The vessel caught fire while underway and personnel sent a distress call for help before abandoning ship. Coast Guard helicopters from...

2 Divers Die During First 12 Hours of Lobster Mini-Season

MIAMI (D7 Public Affairs) – Coast Guard rescue crews in South Florida have responded to multiple diver rescues during the first several hours of the 2008 lobster mini-season. Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., responded to an emergency call Wednesday morning when a man lost consciousness and stopped breathing after diving. The man was pronounced dead by local Emergency Medical Services. Wednesday...

Coast Guard maintains security at Chincoteague Pony Swim

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guardsmen aboard the new 23-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water response boat, enforce a safety zone around wild horses from Assateague Island, Va., at the 83rd Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Va., Wednesday, July 30, 2008. The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Virginia Marine Resources Commission were all present to enforce safety laws regarding...

Coast Guard boat crew recognized for quick response

PORTLAND, Maine (D1 Public Affairs) – Four Coast Guardsmen were presented with awards Tuesday at Coast Guard Station Eastport for their actions when the 80-foot Eastport-based vessel Sylvina W. Beal ran hard aground south of Indian Island near New Brunswick, Canada, June 23, 2008. Capt. James B. McPherson, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, presented rescue boat coxswain...

Coast Guard searching for missing diver

Boston Public Affairs has issued a release on the Nantucket diver. BOSTON – Coast Guard crews are searching for a diver after he failed to surface approximately 40 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., today. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a radio distress call around noon from a 38-foot vessel reporting that one of their divers had not surfaced at 11 a.m., as expected. Two Jayhawk...

Coast Guard Spots Missing Divers

Here’s the official release on the Florida Diver Story JACKSONVILLE, Fla., — The Coast Guard spotted two missing divers approximately 30-miles off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla., at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Jerry Wilborn, 50, and another man were diving for lobster when they became separated from their boat. A crew member from their boat contacted the Coast Guard and reported the two men...

Missing Divers Keep Coast Guard Busy

Missing divers are keeping the Coast Guard busy today on the east coast as these reports can attest. PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two missing divers were found about 25 miles off Port Canaveral after a search that was launched just before noon Wednesday, the Coast Guard said. The missing divers were reported just a few hours into the start of the two-day lobster mini-season. Their conditions were not...