Coast Guard urges those who recreate on ice to take proper safety precautions

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is urging Monday that individuals who choose to recreate on frozen lakes and rivers to take proper safety precautions after two events on Sunday demonstrated the danger and unpredictability of ice in the Great Lakes. There were no injuries reported during the two incidents. Sunday morning, seven individuals were rescued on Sunday morning after being stranded on an...

Three Seattle fishermen rescued in the Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from the northwest side of Umnak Island, one island west of Unalaska Island, after their 58-foot fishing vessel went aground there at 11:46 p.m. Sunday. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to St. Paul Island rescued the three crewmembers at 3:19 a.m. and safely delivered them to Unalaska with no reported medical...

USCG monitors progress as 648-foot vessel regains power, safely crosses Columbia River bar

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard has been closely monitoring the progress of the Morning Spruce, a 648-foot vessel that lost, then regained, power off the Oregon Coast Sunday. The Morning Spruce successfully crossed the Columbia River bar under escort of the tug Kokua. The Morning Spruce and Kokua were joined by the tug Vancouver near Astoria. Both tug vessels will escort Morning Spruce to Portland,...

Coast Guard rescues man and dog from skiff aground in Hammock Cove, NJ

RIGANTINE, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old man and his dog from a 12-foot skiff aground in Hammock Cove here at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday. The man used his cell phone at approximately 8:40 p.m. to call the Brigantine Police Department and report he and his dog were hunting and unable to get their skiff out of the marsh due to low tide. The distress was relayed to watchstanders...

Coast Guard unit returns from Kuwait

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Members of a Coast Guard unit returned from Kuwait Saturday, following a year deployment. Vice Adm. Robert Parker, the commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, greeted nine reserve members of the Coast Guard Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment at the Norfolk International Airport. “I am very proud of the accomplishments and sacrifices of these Coast Guardsmen...

Coast Guard rescues distressed sailor near La Push, Wash.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a Canadian sailor in distress approximately eight miles southwest of the Quillayute River entrance near La Push, Wash., Friday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, located in Seattle, received a distress call from the 30-foot sailing vessel at approximately 10:30 a.m., with one person on board. The sailor reported engine trouble and difficulty sailing in the 14-foot...

Coast Guard Awards Certificate of Valor to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier

SEATTLE – Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, 13th Coast Guard District commander, presented the Certificate of Valor to Master Sgt. Anton Engelmann, U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Friday. Englemann received the award for his heroic efforts that assisted in the rescue of a man from the Nisqually River in Mt. Ranier National Park, Wash., on June 5, 2010. Englemann...

Drug bust by crew from Coast Guard Station Vallejo

VALLEJO, Calif.- A crew from Coast Guard Station Vallejo seized nearly 6 pounds of marijuana and over 9 ounces of hashish from a sailing vessel near the Carquinez Bridge, in Vallejo, Calif., Thursday. At approximately 7:30 P.M., Coast Guard Station Vallejo received notification from a large tanker vessel of a sailing vessel operating erratically within the shipping channel in the vicinity of the Carquinez...

Coast Guard responds to vessel grounding near Sabine

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard responded to a grounded vessel near the Sabine jetties, Friday. Watchstanders from Sector Houston-Galveston received a call on Channel 16 at 6:17 a.m. reporting that the M/V Miss Pearl ran aground on the west side of the Sabine jetties. It was also reported that the four-person crew had suffered various injuries. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard...