Coast Guard ends search in Houma Navigational Canal

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard ended its search at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, for the mariner who was on a vessel that sank after a collision in the Houma Navigational Canal near Cocodrie, La., Wednesday. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office located and recovered the mariner’s body at approximately 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Coast Guard crews searched for approximately 27 hours, covering more than 72...

Coast Guard nabs 2 Dominican smugglers, seizes $4 million dollar cocaine shipment

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Caribbean Border Interagency Group federal law enforcement authorities arrested two Dominican smugglers, seized a 20-foot boat and 165 kilograms (363.8 pounds) of cocaine, following an at-sea interdiction in the Mona Passage Wednesday. The drug shipment was estimated to have a street value of approximately $4 million dollars. “This was a successful interdiction thanks...

Coast Guard attempting to determine oil presence in sunken WWII ship

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard awarded a contract to Global Diving and Salvage Inc. to determine if oil is present aboard the sunken ship S.S. Montebello, which sits 900 feet below the ocean surface approximately 6.5 miles off the coast of Cambria, Calif. The S.S. Montebello sank after a Japanese submarine torpedoed the large oil tanker on December 23, 1941. The Montebello broke apart and sank...

Coast Guard Sector Key West commander recognizes Auxiliarist

KEY WEST, Fla.– An award presentation recognizing a Coast Guard Auxiliarist was held at Sector Key West, Fla., Wednesday. Auxiliarist Phillip L. Goodman, Assistant Seventh Coast Guard District Staff Officer for Auxiliary Public Affairs-South Flotilla 13-1, received the Coast Guard Auxiliary Letter of Commendation for his outstanding performance of duty from January 2010 to December 2011. Goodman,...

Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns home

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear returned home to Base Support Unit Portsmouth, Thursday, following a 58-day deployment and a successful drug-bust in the Caribbean. While deployed and operating with a multi-national force for a joint training exercise, the crew of the Bear was diverted to interdict and seize a speed boat carrying 4,355 pounds of cocaine. The Canadian warship...

Coast Guard schedules temporary changes to navigational aids near Wilmington, NC

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduling to temporarily remove the aids to navigation located at the New Topsail Inlet in Topsail, N.C. and Lockwoods Folly Inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island, N.C., Thursday. This action is being taken in the interest of public safety due to severe shoaling in these locations. Depths of less than three feet currently exist in many areas of the New Topsail...

Coast Guard urges mariners to heed warnings, secure boats prior to severe weather

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners to prepare for extreme weather conditions forecasted by the National Weather Service beginning Thursday afternoon and impacting Lake Superior, northern Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron. The most extreme forecasts predict wave heights of up to 33 feet and wind gusts up to 60 mph in western Lake Superior, but mariners should expect conditions...

Coast Guard Sector Detroit to accept new SAR communications system

DETROIT— The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a ceremony and demonstration in Detroit Friday to commemorate the acceptance of the Rescue 21 search-and-rescue communications system in Coast Guard Sector Detroit. The Coast Guard created Rescue 21 to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers. The Coast Guard’s deputy assistant commandant for acquisition,...

Coast Guard and partner agencies conducting search in Houma Navigational Canal

NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard is conducting a search for any mariners who might have been on a vessel which sank after a collision near Cocodrie, La., Wednesday. At approximately 7:40 a.m., Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office stating a vessel collision had occurred near Cocodrie in the Houma Navigational Canal. The Miss Laurie, a 36-foot...