Coast Guard medevacs ailing passenger from cruise ship Carnival Spirit

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from San Diego medically evacuated a 77-year-old woman aboard a cruise ship 230 miles southwest of San Diego Saturday afternoon. The crew of the Carnival Spirit contacted the Coast Guard at 12:30 p.m., requesting a medevac for the woman who they said was experiencing symptoms of a stroke. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted, and recommended...

Coast Guard responds to grounded barge near Sheboygan, Wis.

MILWAUKEE — Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan are conducting a marine casualty investigation on a tug-and-barge, after a barge being towed broke free and ran aground in Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wis., Nov. 24, 2011. The Coast Guard advises that people stand clear of the salvage area until the barge is free of the lake bottom. The empty barge broke away from the tugboat Donald...

Coast Guard closes Depoe Bay, Ore., bar

NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., issued the closure of the Depoe Bay, Ore., bar entrance due to hazardous conditions at approximately 12 p.m. Friday. The bar closure applies to all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to reopening must be approved by the COTP, Sector Columbia River. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard...

Coast Guard rescues injured mariner from M/V Caribbean

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay rescued a critically injured crew member from a 700-foot freighter 50 miles off the coast of Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, November 23. Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay received a radio call from the motor vessel Caribbean requesting a medevac for one of their crewmembers who was injured after...

Coast Guard helps locate missing divers near Marathon, Fla.

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted in the successful rescue of two missing divers about three miles off Marathon, Fla., Friday morning. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a notification of two missing divers from the commercial diving vessel Leisure Lee stating the divers had been missing for approximately 30 minutes. Coast Guard Station Marathon launched a rescue boatcrew...

Merchant ship crews respond to sailor’s call for assistance off Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Crewmembers aboard two merchant ships responded to the Coast Guard’s call for assistance to medevac a Canadian man reportedly experiencing signs of a heart attack aboard his sailboat 170 miles southwest of Bermuda, Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center, internationally known as Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk, coordinated the rescue using the...

What compels the Coast Guardsman?

A woman is yelling. I can’t tell what she’s saying. It sounds like German. Restaurant patrons look uncomfortable, her dialogue frantic and indecipherable. I look at her red mini-van in the parking lot, double parked with the passenger door opened. A road map falls from an opened door to the ground. Oh my god, her husband must have had a heart attack. The intuition of 21-year-old Nathaniel...

Coast Guard rescues distressed boaters near Warrenton, Ore.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued five people aboard a disabled vessel near Warrenton, Ore., Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Astoria received a report from Boat US that three adults and two children were aboard a disabled 22-foot pleasure craft, which had lost power and was dragging anchor approximately 1 mile northeast of Desdemona Sands at 12:45 p.m. A 47-foot motor lifeboat...

South Jersey families host Coast Guardsmen for Thanksgiving

CAPE MAY, N.J. – More than 220 recruits from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May had Thanksgiving dinner with 92 families in Southern New Jersey as part of Operation Fireside Thursday. Families eager to host recruits lined up outside of Coast Guard Guardian Chapel aboard Training Center Cape May where they were met by representatives from the American Red Cross and Coast Guard chaplains. The Southern...