Charleston-based Coast Guardsman charged with sexual assault to face court-martial

Charleston-based Coast Guardsman charged with sexual assault to face court-martial
PORTSMOUTH, Va.  — A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other criminal acts will face a court-martial, scheduled to begin Monday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez, 35, is charged with Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly engaging in a broad spectrum of sexually related misconduct ranging...

Coast Guard conducts Thanksgiving medevac from cargo vessel near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Coast Guard conducts Thanksgiving medevac from cargo vessel near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, medevaced an injured crewmember from the 738-foot container vessel Kerveros approximately 86 miles from Dutch Harbor Thursday. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the Kerveros and safely hoisted the 43-year-old Filipino man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting...

From the Bridge Wing 11-29-13

From the Bridge Wing 11-29-13
Today in Coast Guard History 1837 – Two early complainants on the efficiency of the American lighthouses, E. and G.W. Blunt, publishers of the famous Blunt’s “Coast Pilot,” submitted a statement to the Secretary of the Treasury. They argued that the whole lighthouse system “needs revision, a strict superintendence and an entirely different plan of operation.” 1920 –...

Coast Guard continues to respond to oil discharge in upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard continues to respond to oil discharge in upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharged into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from a partially submerged towboat. Due to a shift in weather Wednesday night, a sizable portion of oil escaped the containment area. The...

Coast Guard rescues three from San Mateo cliff

Coast Guard rescues three from San Mateo cliff
SAN FRANCISCO – A rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco rescued three injured persons from a car that traveled off the side of a cliff near San Mateo, Calif., early Thursday morning. At approximately 12:30 a.m., a vehicle carrying four passengers veered off the road and down a cliff near state Highway 92 in San Mateo. One of the passengers was able to climb the cliff and call...

Coast Guard assists 4 near Venice

Coast Guard assists 4 near Venice
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard assisted four people who ran aground 18 miles south of Head of Pass near Venice, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an uncorrelated mayday call on the Venice Rescue 21 tower. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Venice 45-foot Response...

Coast Guard rescues 58-year-old man from water near Pine Island Sound, Fla.

Coast Guard rescues 58-year-old man from water near Pine Island Sound, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 58-year-old man was rescued by the Coast Guard after his 26-foot boat capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway near Pine Island Sound, Wednesday. Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach watchstanders received a call from Sea Tow at 5:54 p.m., reporting the man had contacted them via cellular phone communicating he could not pull his anchor due to the sea state and was taking on...

Unified Command approves lightering plan for sunken towboat in upper Mississippi River

Unified Command approves lightering plan for sunken towboat in upper Mississippi River
ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services and local emergency crews continue to respond to oil discharge into the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa from a partially submerged towboat. The river was reopened at 6 p.m., Tuesday. The unified command has approved a lightering plan of...

Coast Guard medevacs injured man 115 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard medevacs injured man 115 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured crewmember from the 958-foot container vessel Sea Land Charger approximately 115 miles south of Kodiak Wednesday. The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Sea Land Charger and safely hoisted the 56-year-old Filipino man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting commercial medevac services...