Coast Guard rescues man who reportedly jumped into Straits of Mackinac

Coast Guard rescues man who reportedly jumped into Straits of Mackinac
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued one man out of the water Wednesday morning in the Straits of Mackinac. At about 6 a.m., the communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Mich., was contacted by the Mackinac County Central Dispatch reporting that a man had been seen jumping from the lower section on the east side of the Mackinac Bridge. A Station St. Ignace boatcrew was dispatched...

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life
NEW YORK, N.Y. – How do you thank somebody who saved your life? After losing his grandfather to cancer in 2001, Brooklyn, N.Y., native Michael Franco, looked for a greater way in which he could help others. Already a contributor to the annual blood drives at the police academy, Franco learned of becoming a bone marrow donor. This relatively effortless decision would lead Franco to save a woman’s...

Coast Guard assists 2 boaters in vessel taking on water in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue crew assisted two boaters Tuesday evening after their vessel began taking on water south of Kelleys Island in western Lake Erie. At 9:05 p.m., search-and-rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Detroit were notified that a 25-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water south of Kelleys Island. A Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, boatcrew launched...

Coast Guard awards Silver Life Saving Medal to U.S. Border Patrol agent in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard awards Silver Life Saving Medal to U.S. Border Patrol agent in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, presented U.S. Border Patrol agent Javier M. López with the Silver Life Saving Medal Friday during a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen’s Community Center in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. López, who serves as a Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agent at Ramey Sector in Aguadilla,...

Coast Guard Cutter Oak crewmemer builds parts for crew of Dominican Republic patrol boat during Tradewinds 2013

by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Okula, Navy Public Affairs CASTRIES, St. Lucia – Three small parts made one big difference Monday for the crew of GC 109 Orion, a Dominican Republic patrol boat that received the critical components fabricated by a damage controlman aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak in Saint Lucia during Tradewinds 2013. The replacement parts were a gift, custom-tailored...

Busy Memorial Day weekend for Houston-area Coast Guard units

Busy Memorial Day weekend for Houston-area Coast Guard units
HOUSTON — A large influx of swimmers and boaters led to multiple search and rescue cases for Coast Guard crews and Houston-area response agencies this Memorial Day weekend. In total, 10 search and rescue cases were logged from Friday to Monday, which tragically included four drownings. A summary of some of the efforts are: Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston command center staff managed 10...

Coast Guard medevacs heart attack victim from cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway 350 miles offshore

Coast Guard medevacs heart attack victim from cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway 350 miles offshore
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 59-year-old woman Monday from the 1,063-foot cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway approximately 350 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. A crewmember aboard the Norwegian Breakaway contacted Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders at approximately 5 p.m. Monday reporting a woman suffered a heart attack and was in need of assistance. The watchstanders, after consulting...

Coast Guard issuesl civil and criminal tickets for boating under influence of drugs or alcohol over Memorial Day weekend

CLEVELAND — Following a Memorial Day weekend in which the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies in several waterways in the Great Lakes issued several boaters civil or criminal tickets for operating their vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters Tuesday that boating doesn’t mix with drugs or alcohol. According to the Coast Guard Office...

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane gets new commanding officer

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane gets new commanding officer
Portsmouth, VA – Cmdr. Michael Cribbs relieved Cmdr. Adam Wasserman as Commanding Officer of the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane during a change of command ceremony Tuesday at Base Portsmouth. Cribbs recently served as the deputy chief of cutter forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “I’m extremely proud of the Harriet Lane crew and their efforts in going...