Coast Guard offloads $48 million of cocaine

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant offloaded more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine, with a wholesale value of more than $48 million, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach Friday. The seized cocaine comes from three interdictions throughout the Caribbean beginning on May 31. The Valiant’s crew seized more than 2,600 pounds of cocaine from suspected smugglers aboard a 35-foot go-fast vessel,...

Coast Guard rescues 3 in Lake Erie

Coast Guard rescues 3 in Lake Erie
CLEVELAND – A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, rescued three people found clinging to debris, after their 21-foot recreational boat capsized about seven miles northwest of Ashtabula, in Lake Erie, Friday afternoon. The people were not wearing life jackets. Their names and hometowns are not being released. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Coast Guard Activities Far East receives new commanding officer

Coast Guard Activities Far East receives new commanding officer
TOKYO – Capt. Mark J. McCadden relieved Capt. John Koster during a change of command ceremony presided over by Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray at Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT) on Yokota Air Force Base, Wednesday. McCadden replaces Koster as the commanding officer of FEACT, a component command of U.S. Forces Japan. Koster retired after 31 years of service. As the commanding officer, Koster led...

San Diego-based legacy cutter returns to homeport after eventful counter-narcotic patrol

San Diego-based legacy cutter returns to homeport after eventful counter-narcotic patrol
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, a 44-year old legacy cutter, returned to San Diego June 20 from an eventful 72-day counter-narcotic patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean taking seven narco-traffickers off the water and preventing three metric tons of cocaine from entering the U.S. This event follows the cutter’s visit to a Colombian Navy base where officials met to affirm their...

Coast Guard urges safety after accidents claim lives

Coast Guard urges safety after accidents claim lives
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Coast Guard is emphasizing the importance of safe boating in the wake of two recreational boating accidents with the loss of one life on the Columbia and Snake Rivers near Tri-Cities, Wash., along with a shoreline drowning at Casey Pond near Kennewick, Wash., that all happened over the past five days. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Aids to Navigation Team in Kennewick,...

Coast Guard rescues four near Westport, Wash.

Coast Guard rescues four near Westport, Wash.
WESTPORT, Wash. — The Coast Guard rescued four people from the water 17 miles west of Westport, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River recieved a distress call from the crew of the 52-foot fishing vessel Quest at approximately 11:10 p.m., Thursday, stating the boat was quickly taking on water. The crew reported they could not dewater the vessel fast enough to keep it afloat and were told to don...

Coast Guard assists with rescue of three people near Stratford Point, Conn.

Coast Guard assists with rescue of three people near Stratford Point, Conn.
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of three people from an overturned vessel near Stratford Point, Conn., Friday morning. The Coast Guard received a report from the Fairfield, Conn., Police Department that a 19-foot vessel with three people aboard was taking on water in vicinity of Stratford Point. The mariners did not know their exact position, but they knew they had traveled...

Coast Guard repatriates eight Cuban migrants

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated eight Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification that a rustic vessel was spotted southwest of Key West, Fla., June 25, 2012. A Coast Guard Station Islamorada smallboat crew launched and located an 18-foot rustic vessel and safely embarked the eight migrants....

Good Samaritan rescues two adrift boaters

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two boaters, who were adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for several days, were rescued by a tug boat crew 90 miles northwest of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Thursday night. The boaters left from Captiva Island, Fla., on June 18 and were scheduled to arrive in Cancun, Mexico, five days later but never did. A man aboard the tug barge Rikki S. spotted the men around 6:30 p.m. on a raft 90...