Coast Guard advises boaters and beachgoers to exercise caution during the storm surge

Coast Guard advises boaters and beachgoers to exercise caution during the storm surge
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard is anticipating a busy weekend as high winds and heavy seas are expected to hit Northern California this evening and continue into Friday. A small craft advisory and a gale warning are in effect for parts of the central and northern coast as the potential storm will produce strong southerly winds, endangering mariners and setting vessels adrift. It is recommended...

Trees for Troops delivers holiday cheer in Cape May

Trees for Troops delivers holiday cheer in Cape May
CAPE MAY, N.J. – More than 30 junior enlisted Coast Guardsmen and their families received free Christmas trees donated as part of Trees for Troops Thursday at 9 a.m. The trees were distributed to lowest ranking members on the base, and many of those service members receiving trees just returned from deployment or had family members already deployed for Christmas. Coast Guard Fireman Anthony Iannacito,...

Coast Guard Academy cadets and staff receive award from Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Coast Guard Academy cadets and staff receive award from Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized staff and faculty of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Monday for their environmental efforts at a GreenCircle awards ceremony at its headquarters in Hartford, Conn. Coast Guard Academy cadets and staff partnered with Connecticut Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut College and New London Magnet...

Coast Guard stresses cold water, ice safety as dropping temperatures require increased vigilance

Coast Guard stresses cold water, ice safety as dropping temperatures require increased vigilance
CLEVELAND — With colder weather forthcoming, and the accompanying formation of ice to the waterways of the Great Lakes Region, the 9th Coast Guard District reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. As the Guardians of the Great Lakes and the region’s maritime search and rescue professionals, we...

Atlantic Beach-based Coast Guard Cutter Hammer celebrates 50 years of service

Atlantic Beach-based Coast Guard Cutter Hammer celebrates 50 years of service
  ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Atlantic Beach, Fla.,-based Coast Guard Cutter Hammer and its crew are celebrating 50 years of serving boaters and the public in the coastal waters of Florida and southern Georgia Thursday. Thursday, the cutter’s crew dressed the ship, a maritime tradition reserved for special occasions; donned more formal uniforms; and took a few minutes to reflect on the...

Coast Guard repatriates 24 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas

Coast Guard repatriates 24 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas
  MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 24 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification from motor vessel Harbour Kira that they recovered 24 migrants from a sinking rustic vessel south of Boca Chica, Fla., Nov. 25. The Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke arrived on scene and embarked 24...

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw visits site of original Christmas Ship wreckage during transit to Chicago

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw visits site of original Christmas Ship wreckage during transit to Chicago
  CHEBOYGAN, Mich. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw visited the final resting site of the schooner Rouse Simmons, the original Christmas Ship, during a brief break from their Aids to Navigation mission in western Lake Michigan, Tuesday. Crewmembers gathered on the buoy deck of the Mackinaw, which is serving as this year’s Christmas Ship, for a special ceremony honoring the...

Coast Guard crews search for missing passenger from the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam

Coast Guard crews search for missing passenger from the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam
  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a missing passenger from the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam, who reportedly disappeared early Thursday morning while the vessel was transiting from St. Thomas to the Bahamas, approximately 80 nautical miles northwest of Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received notification from...

Coast Guard recognizes Good Samaritans for heroic actions

Coast Guard recognizes Good Samaritans for heroic actions
JONES BEACH, N.Y. – Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Coast Guard Station Jones Beach recognized Martin Safer and John Bologna for their performance in rescuing five persons from the Atlantic Ocean. Safer and Bologna were boating in a 21-foot pleasure craft two miles south of Atlantic Beach, N.Y., on Sept. 22, 2012, when they saw a nearby vessel capsize, launching its passengers into the...