Family rescued while kayaking near Maui

Family rescued while kayaking near Maui
HONOLULU — A group of kayakers was rescued by the Coast Guard when weather took a turn for the worst approximately three miles off the coast of Wailea, Maui, Saturday. Coast Guard Station Maui was notified by a vessel operator in the area that four kayakers, one adult and three children, were being blown toward the open sea by approximately 25mph winds. Sea conditions worsened to swells of three...

Making a ‘Mess’ at CPOA

Making a 'Mess' at CPOA
by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace (USAF) TRAINING CENTER PETALUMA, Calif. – With palms sweating and my heart fluttering, I stood on a wooden platform hanging from a Redwood tree in Northern California. Seemingly far below me, my eight shipmates assembled, ready to catch my fall. In unison, they bellowed, “Faller ready?” I quickly thought about the Coast Guard motto of “Semper Paratus,” or always...

Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas

Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas
Great Inagua, Bahamas – Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander, and The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime minister of The Bahamas, took part in the opening ceremony for the new OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos) hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas, March 21, 2013.  The ceremony also honored the partnership between the United States and the Bahamas. OPBAT is...

Coast Guard, state, local agencies to conduct maritime emergency response exercise near Annapolis, Md.

Coast Guard, state, local agencies to conduct maritime emergency response exercise near Annapolis, Md.
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard along with state and local responders are scheduled to conduct a maritime emergency response exercise Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the Severn River near Annapolis. Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Anne Arundel County Fire Department Marine Operations Unit, Anne Arundel County EMS, Annapolis City Fire Department, Kent...

Coast Guard rescues two with help from Carnival Cruise ship

Coast Guard rescues two with help from Carnival Cruise ship
MIAMI – A Coast Guard helicopter crew with assistance from the cruise ship Carnival Breeze, safely medically evacuated two men 15 miles east of Elliot Key, Fla., Sunday. The Coast Guard received a report that the 28-foot sailing vessel Gretchen Joy had two people aboard, one suffering heart problems and the other sick due to inclement weather. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders launched both...

Coast Guard Sector Key West and partner agencies continue search for missing man

Coast Guard Sector Key West and partner agencies continue search for missing man
MIAMI — Coast Guard crewmembers continue the search for Mark Polaschek, 49, who was reported missing after not returning to Manatee Bay Friday. Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report of an overdue vessel late Friday evening after Polaschek failed to return. Polaschek went on a voyage aboard a 26-foot sailing vessel, Mrs Big, alone to an unknown location. After not returning at sunset,...

Coast Guard searches for missing man near Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Coast Guard searches for missing man near Half Moon Bay, Calif.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard and other emergency response agencies are searching for a 22 year-old man reported missing in the waters around Half Moon Bay near Pillar Point. The man, wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, was reportedly playing football on the beach Roosevelt Beach with a friend and was last seen in the surf at approximately 2:48 p.m. The search is being conducted by a helicopter...

Coast Guard rescues four and dog from grounded vessel near San Mateo

Coast Guard rescues four and dog from grounded vessel near San Mateo
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard hoisted four people and a dog from their stranded vessel when it ran aground in an area between the San Mateo and the Dumbarton Bridges Saturday. The Coast Guard command center in San Francisco received a call from one of four people aboard a 17-foot vessel stating that the vessel had run aground with one child, two teenagers, an adult male and a dog. There were...

Coast Guard recognizes Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the 11th District region

Coast Guard recognizes Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the 11th District region
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The 2012 Active Duty and Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year for the 11th Coast Guard District region were honored during a recognition banquet Friday, at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. The Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Shay, a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, based in San Diego. The Reserve Person of the...