Duluth-based Coast Guard Cutter Alder assumes role of Chicago’s “Christmas Ship”

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, acting as the “Christmas Ship,” departed Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this morning and is scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Navy Pier at 8:30 a.m. Friday for an annual event to distribute Christmas trees to deserving families on Saturday. In conjunction with seasonal buoy retrieval operations in Lake Michigan, the crew of Alder will support the...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing paddle boarder

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard suspended its active search for the missing paddle boarder who was last seen in the vicinity of Pillar Point Harbor on Sunday. Search crews from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and Air Station San Francisco looked for Rodrigo Ruiz for more than 25.5 hours in an area covering more than 198 square nautical miles. The search area was thoroughly covered by Coast...

Coast Guard tests disaster readiness

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Coast Guard Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay will test its readiness and ability to continue operations during a simulated disaster scenario tomorrow. The Continuity of Operations Plan tests the Group’s ability to re-establish and maintain normal operations in the event the base needs to relocate and evacuate personnel. The COOP will also test the Coast Guard’s notification...

Purple HALO: Coast Guard trains with the A-Team

Where eagles scream and dive-bomb with equal fright and delight toward a beast of prey, a breed apart dwells amid the great sky. There is down-to-earth, and there is down to earth – as in, 10,000 feet, or roughly two miles straight down to splat – flat ground. Between heaven and earth, a warrior glides with the night. All the while, like a falconer, their guardians above keep a watchful eye. On...

Maine Coast Guard Cutter to deploy to Great Lakes

BOSTON — The Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay is scheduled to deploy to the Great Lakes Nov. 29, 2011, to assist in the service’s icebreaking mission there throughout the winter months. The crew of the Thunder Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug, will arrive in the Great Lakes region a few weeks after it departs its homeport of Rockland, Maine. While there, the crew will assist other...

Coast Guard responds to unconscious fisherman east of Chatham

BOSTON — The Coast Guard medically evacuated an unconscious fisherman 114 miles east of Chatham, Mass., Monday at approximately 8:00 a.m. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a relayed report at 5:20 a.m. from the fishing vessel Sao Paulo stating that the 62-year-old master of the 81-foot fishing vessel Virginia Sands, homeported in New Bedford, Mass., had collapsed...

Busy holiday weekend for Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal

BOSTON – Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal responded to four search-and-rescue cases and conducted 19 vessel boardings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. On Friday, crewmembers responded to a disabled vessel three miles east of the entrance of the canal in Cape Cod Bay. Aboard were two adults, two children and a dog. No injuries were reported. On Saturday, crewmembers...

Coast Guard rescues 4 Naples fishermen near Marco Island

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued four overdue Naples fishermen near Marco Island, Fla., Monday. Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., were notified Monday at midnight by family members of four men who did not return as scheduled from a fishing trip. According to the report, the men departed Sunday morning from Caxambas Pass boat ramp for a fishing...

Coast Guard and San Mateo Sheriff’s crews search for missing paddle boarder

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard crews are searching for an overdue paddle boarder in the vicinity of Pillar Point Harbor. The paddle boarder, Rodrigo Ruiz, was due to return at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and was reported overdue to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at 3 p.m. He is Hispanic and in his thirties, approximately 5’5″ and weighing 130 pounds. He has short, brown hair and brown eyes...