Coast Guard medevacs injured man near Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard medevacs injured man near Sitka, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man with multiple injuries from a beach approximately 10 miles north of Sitka Friday. The man, who reportedly had a tree fall on him while in the woods, was safely transported by the Jayhawk crew to emergency medical service personnel for transfer to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka for additional care. The...

Coast Guard assists tug and tow in Gulf of Alaska

Coast Guard assists tug and tow in Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel are coordinating a response with Royal Dutch Shell representatives after the tugboat Aiviq experienced multiple engine failures while towing the mobile drilling unit Kulluk approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak Island Friday. The crew of the Aiviq reported that they were able to restart one of the ships engines and is currently awaiting...

Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriates 26 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriates 26 Cuban migrants
MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 26 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday. The migrants were interdicted at sea during three separate incidents beginning on Dec. 24 On Dec. 24, crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke interdicted eight Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel north of Mariel, Cuba. The crewmembers safely embarked, and later transferred,...

Coast Guard Cutter Mellon Commanding Officer Relieved

Coast Guard Cutter Mellon Commanding Officer Relieved
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard permanently relieved Capt. Daniel McLaughlin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, Dec. 21, 2012 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. Capt. Matthew Bliven has assumed temporary command of Mellon, and McLaughlin has been reassigned to Coast Guard 13th District Headquarters in Seattle. Mellon, homeported in Seattle, is a 378-foot Hamilton...

Coast Guard celebrates 75th anniversary of San Diego base

Coast Guard celebrates 75th anniversary of San Diego base
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard members celebrated the 75th year of operating the base located on North Harbor Drive in 2012. Now known as Coast Guard Sector San Diego, the original facility was commissioned as an air station in April 1937. At the time it was the only Coast Guard air station in California and its primary mission was seeking out drug smugglers on the maritime border. Much of the preparation...

Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston

Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston
HOUSTON — Coast Guard personnel were joined by other federal agencies Christmas Eve to remove more than 85 pounds of cocaine from a ship off the Galveston coast. The crew of the 900-foot oil tanker Godavari Spirit notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston that they located a suspicious package hidden aboard their ship and suspected it to contain narcotics. A joint boarding team consisting of...

Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark

Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Coast Guard crew found an illegal gill net with hundreds of dead sharks Monday, 4 miles off the Texas coast. The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S. – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was 5 miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks. The species of shark seized included 225...

Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returns home following 2-month patrol

Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returns home following 2-month patrol
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned home Wednesday following a 44-day counterdrug and migrant interdiction patrol in the Caribbean Sea. The crew of the Harriet Lane previously served aboard the Cutter Legare during the patrol before their cutter was placed in drydock. Patrol highlights include: The detention of 24 Cuban Migrants Conducted...

Coast Guard Cutter Block Island to recieve rehabilitated turtles for release

Coast Guard Cutter Block Island to recieve rehabilitated turtles for release
PORTSMOUTH, Va.— The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will release six sea turtles into the Gulf Stream Thursday. The turtles will be transferred aboard the Block Island at approximately 8 a.m. before the cutter departs on a patrol. While underway, the crew will release the turtles into the Gulf Stream. “The protection...