USS Elrod and Coast Guard team rescue four people at sea

USS Elrod and Coast Guard team rescue four people at sea
USS ELROD, At Sea – Norfolk, Va., based frigate USS Elrod (FFG-55) and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment rescued four people from a sinking small boat while on patrol in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo, Tuesday. The Elrod received a call from a maritime patrol aircraft after spotting a partially submerged vessel. The ship made best speed to investigate...

Nation’s 11th busiest port receives new Coast Guard commander

Nation's 11th busiest port receives new Coast Guard commander
LAKE CHARLES, La. — The eleventh busiest port by tonnage received a new commanding officer Thursday at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Lake Charles, La. Cmdr. Will E. Watson, previously the executive officer of MSU Texas City, Texas, relieved Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Compher during a change-of-command ceremony at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored naval...

Coast Guard rescue crew saves nine recreational swimmers drifting off shore

Coast Guard rescue crew saves nine recreational swimmers drifting off shore
BOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued nine recreational swimmers approximately one mile off shore of Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Mass., at 4:35 p.m. Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a report that nine young adults on stand-up paddleboards and rafts drifted off shore of Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Mass. A 45-foot Response boat...

Coast Guard Cutter Mako crew holds change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

Coast Guard Cutter Mako crew holds change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ
CAPE MAY, N.J. ─ The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mako, a coastal patrol boat homeported here, held a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Thursday. During the ceremony, Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher C. Lombard relinquished command of the Mako and crew to Senior Chief Petty Officer William D. Hollandsworth. Hollandsworth is reporting from Jacksonville,...

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat 75 miles off Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat 75 miles off Delaware's Rehoboth Beach
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. ─ The Coast Guard medevaced a 54-year-old man from a 64-foot boat about 75 miles off shore here Thursday. At about 5:30 a.m., Coast Guard watchstanders received notification, via VHF-FM radio, that a man aboard the sport fishing boat Tracey Anne, homeported in Brielle, N.J., was ill and needed immediate medical attention. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air...

Coast Guard rescues three stranded kayakers in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued three stranded kayakers in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Wednesday. Coast Guard operational watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received report from a 911-relay call at approximately 9:14 p.m., that the kayakers were stranded in the mud. The Department of Natural Resources and local sheriff’s office rescue crews located the kayakers but...

Coast Guard sets safety zones for 2012 Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 Bicentennial

Coast Guard sets safety zones for 2012 Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 Bicentennial
BOSTON — The Coast Guard will establish safety zones for June 29 through July 6, 2012, around the Port of Boston in support of the Boston Harborfest and Bicentennial of the War of 1812 events. Beginning Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m., navigation areas and mooring locations will be secured near the World Trade Center, Fish Pier, Reserved Channel and North Jetty. Security zones will be implemented...

Coast Guard recovers missing diver near Santa Cruz Island

Coast Guard recovers missing diver near Santa Cruz Island
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew located the body of a missing diver at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, off the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The National Park Service contracted a helicopter to transport the diver from Santa Cruz Island to the Santa Barbara County Coroner. The 64 year-old male diver had gone missing Monday afternoon while diving for sea urchin...

Coast Guard seizes 25,000 pounds of shrimp caught in closed shrimping area

Coast Guard seizes 25,000 pounds of shrimp caught in closed shrimping area
HOUSTON — Crews from three boats turned their catch of more than 25,000 pounds of shrimp over to the Coast Guard early Tuesday morning. The Coast Guard Cutter Heron observed the vessels actively shrimping in closed waters approximately 90 miles from Galveston. The Coast Guard transferred the catch over to officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Port Arthur on Wednesday. NMFS,...