Coast Guard assists adrift vessel off Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Coast Guard assists adrift vessel off Sandy Hook, New Jersey
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard responded to a disabled recreational vessel east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, today. At approximately 1:05 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center in Staten Island, New York, received a report that a 25-foot recreational vessel with one passenger aboard was disabled and adrift 3-miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. A rescue boatcrew from Coast...

Coast Guard medevacs woman aboard cruise ship Norwegian Gem off NC coast

Coast Guard medevacs woman aboard cruise ship Norwegian Gem off NC coast
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ailing woman from a cruise ship Thursday approximately 220 miles southeast of Portsmouth. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth received a call from the Bahama-flagged, 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Gem at approximately 11:45 a.m., requesting a medevac for a 66-year-old passenger experiencing complications...

Coast Guard and partner agencies test response to active shooter during exercise

Coast Guard and partner agencies test response to active shooter during exercise
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the Buffalo Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol, conducted a mock active shooter response exercise today at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. The exercise, which began at 9 a.m., involved a mock active shooter-style attack on local Coast Guard units. Law enforcement partners from around Buffalo quickly activated a unified response and neutralized...

Coast Guard interdicts another Mexican fishing crew poaching in the Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard interdicts another Mexican fishing crew poaching in the Gulf of Mexico
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard interdicted a Mexican fishing crew poaching red snapper in the waters off South Texas late Tuesday night. At approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead’s crew was on a patrol and sighted a Mexican fishing boat, also known as a lancha, on radar in U.S. waters. The Steelhead launched a law enforcement team from their small boat who confirmed...

Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys

Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is directing mariners to not climb historical reef lights in the Florida Keys due to their deterioration and unsound structural integrity. These lights include:  Alligator Reef Light  American Shoal Reef Light  Carysfort Reef Light  Sand Key Reef Light  Sombrero Key Reef Light While these structures are not at risk of collapsing, they have been determined to be unsafe...

Chicago woman pleads guilty for making hoax distress call in 2013

Chicago woman pleads guilty for making hoax distress call in 2013
CHICAGO – A Chicago woman pleaded guilty to making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach, the U.S. Attorney and Coast Guard announced, Thursday. Leona Chewning, 24, was charged earlier this month with one count of communicating a false distress message to the Coast...

Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescues two snowmobilers from icy Saginaw River

Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescues two snowmobilers from icy Saginaw River
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard crew rescued two men from the Saginaw River after they fell through the ice with their snowmobiles near the Consumers Power Plant early this morning. Just after 8 a.m., the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Michigan, received a report, from a good Samaritan, of a person through the ice at the mouth of the Saginaw River near the Consumers...

South Jersey Coast Guard units receive hazmat training

South Jersey Coast Guard units receive hazmat training
CAPE MAY, N.J. — Coast Guard crewmembers received domestic egress training Wednesday at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Instructors from Joint Emergency Training Associates, a civilian company specializing in training of emergency services personnel, conducted a two-day training exercise to ensure proficiency in combating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training. Coast...

Coast Guard officer sentenced to three years confinement in military brig

Coast Guard officer sentenced to three years confinement in military brig
HONOLULU — A Coast Guard officer was convicted during a general court-martial for multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice at the Coast Guard Courtroom in the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Tuesday. Ens. Johnson C. Knox was found guilty of the following charges: Article 112a – Wrongful use, possession and distribution of multiple controlled substances. Article 80 –...