Coast Guard announces summer deaths by drowning on the rise

Coast Guard announces summer deaths by drowning on the rise
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard 5th District is stressing the importance of safe boating and swimming practices in the wake of 40 drowning deaths that occurred from northern New Jersey to southern North Carolina this summer. Of the 40 boating- or swimming-related deaths, 34 people were not wearing lifejackets. “Regardless of how a person ends up in the water, wearing a lifejacket is the single...

Survivor reunited with Coast Guard rescue crew

Survivor reunited with Coast Guard rescue crew
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A man rescued by the Coast Guard was reunited with the rescue crew that saved his life Tuesday at Air Station Clearwater. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued Marion “Lee” Ellison, who was suffering from chest pains and in need of emergency medical assistance on a 53-foot tug boat 7 miles west of Egmont Key, Florida, May 16, 2014. Marion “Lee” Ellison shakes...

Coast Guard locates, rescues missing charter boat crew in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard locates, rescues missing charter boat crew in Gulf of Mexico
HOUSTON — Coast Guard search and rescue crews worked throughout the night to find a missing charter boat with four people aboard as far as 70 miles off Galveston. A Coast Guard HC-144 aircrew located them about 40 miles offshore as they started the last leg of their search Tuesday at 10:33 a.m. Logan Foster, operator of the 29-foot fishing charter Reel Deep, departed Galveston Yacht Basin with three...

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat in Pamlico Sound, NC

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat in Pamlico Sound, NC
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man Tuesday from a fishing boat in Pamlico Sound. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call via VHF-FM radio from the operator of the 70-foot fishing boat Capt Ryan at about 11:20 p.m. Monday reporting an 18-year-old male crew member collapsed and experienced a seizure. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet launched...

Grounded 656-foot freighter refloated in Lake St. Clair

Grounded 656-foot freighter refloated in Lake St. Clair
CLEVELAND – The Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated early this morning and is now safely anchored in the Detroit River at the Belle Island Anchorage. Divers are scheduled to conduct a damage assessment survey of the vessel, and repairs will be made if necessary. There is no resultant...

Coast Guard assists stranded charter vessel

Coast Guard assists stranded charter vessel
BOSTON — Coast Guard crews are assisting a disabled passenger vessel approximately 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, that the 83-foot passenger vessel Cetacea had a line entangled in its propeller and was disabled with 163 people aboard. The Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba,...

Coast Guard Station Port Aransas medevacs fisherman near Port Aransas, Texas

Coast Guard Station Port Aransas medevacs fisherman near Port Aransas, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard rescue boat crew medevaced a 55-year-old fisherman suffering from diabetic symptoms Monday afternoon, 8 miles offshore of Port Aransas. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a distress call from the captain of the commercial fishing boat Trissy Girl at approximately 12:30 p.m., saying one of his crewmembers was reportedly suffering from...

Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Mellon crew returns from 3-month Alaskan patrol

Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Mellon crew returns from 3-month Alaskan patrol
SEATTLE — A local Coast Guard crew returned home Monday after an 86-day patrol of the Bering Sea that covered nearly 15,000 miles conducting search and rescue and fisheries enforcement operations. The more than 160-person crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon left Seattle May 10 to conduct missions throughout the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Those efforts included 41 law enforcement boardings...

Coast Guard, local law enforcement ensure safety at Kennewick boat races

Coast Guard, local law enforcement ensure safety at Kennewick boat races
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Active duty and reserve Coast Guard members, Coast Guard Auxiliary members, working with local law enforcement, ensured the safety of boaters during the annual boat races and air show held on the Columbia River near Kennewick this past Friday through Sunday. Coast Guard crew members aboard a 25-foot Response Boat Small talk with Benton County Sheriff deputies as together they...