Coast Guard responds after container ship and chemical tanker collide

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a collision between a container ship and chemical tanker at the Bayport Ship Channel and Houston Ship Channel intersection near light 75, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report at approximately 9:47 a.m., that the motor vessel Nederland, a 782-foot container ship, collided with the motor vessel Elka Apollon, a...

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crew returns home from 45-day patrol

KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, returned to their homeport of Key West Saturday morning. During the 45-day patrol, the Thetis crew conducted law enforcement and homeland security missions. The Thetis crew interdicted 39 Haitian migrants and provided them with food, water, shelter and basic medical care before repatriating them. Following...

Coast Guard interdicts 886 pounds of cocaine from sailing vessel

MIAMI — The Coast Guard intercepted 886 pounds of cocaine from a sailing vessel about 300 miles south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Oct. 16, 2011. While conducting a law enforcement patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence located a sailing vessel. The crew of the Confidence crew boarded the vessel, located 358 bricks of cocaine, and detained five suspects. The five suspects and vessel were...

Coast Guard coordinates AMVER rescue in high seas

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center helped coordinate the rescue of five people 256 miles northeast of Bermuda with the assistance of the cruise ship Norwegian Gem, Saturday morning. At approximately 7 a.m., watchstanders received notification from a member of the sailing vessel Sanctuary, stating that they had taken several large breaking waves over the...

Coast Guard rescues 5 after boat capsizes

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard 27-foot rescue boat crew pulled five from the water five miles off of Bogue Inlet, Emerald Isle, N.C., today. Three adults and two children were on board the vessel when it capsized. The boat operator contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 12 p.m. Saturday, reporting that the boat was in danger of sinking due to deteriorating weather. A...

Coast Guard, Charles County Fire and Rescue rescue 1 in Potomac River

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and Charles County Fire and Rescue responded to a person in the water in the Potomac River near Quantico, Va., Saturday. The Coast Guard received a call at 9:45 a.m. from a member of Prince Williams County emergency dispatch reporting a man was in the river after the 18-foot fishing boat he was aboard capsized. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small...

Coast Guard offloads 7 tons of cocaine in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Pensacola, Fla., along with several state, federal and local partners, offloaded seven tons of cocaine at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Friday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a medium-endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Fla., interdicted a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible...

Cutter Waesche returning home after successful counter-narcotics patrol

Alameda, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returns to its homeport here, Monday at approximately 2 p.m., following a three-month deployment in the Pacific Ocean during which the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 36-hour period. On Oct. 14 a helicopter deployed from Waeshttp://coastguardnews.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpche spotted the Costa...

Cutter Healy completes third of four 2011 science missions

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy moored at the Coast Guard pier in Dutch Harbor Thursday having completed the third of four Arctic science missions planned for 2011. The most recent mission was to service passive acoustic, chemical and physical moorings and evaluate hydrographic measurements for the yearly assessment of the western Arctic boundary current which flows from Barrow...