Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes
The Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug operating as part of Operation Taconite. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Daniel R. Michelson) SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite, Wednesday, in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. As one of two ice breaking operations that support...

Coast Guard suspends search for crewmember near Ingleside, Texas

Coast Guard suspends search for crewmember near Ingleside, Texas
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday evening for the missing crewmember aboard the vessel Cristi that sank in the La Quinta Channel near Ingleside, Texas. Coast Guard crews searched over 143 square miles for approximately 31 hours. “Our hearts are with his family and friends during this difficult time as it is never...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico
Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for the two people aboard an overdue helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard crews searched over 4,117 square-nautical miles for approximately 68 hours but were unable to find the passengers. “It is never easy to suspend a search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Ferguson from...

Coast Guard approves AIS PATON to mark SpaceX launch restricted zones

Coast Guard approves AIS PATON to mark SpaceX launch restricted zones
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard approved the use of a series of Automatic Identification System Private Aids to Navigation (AIS PATON) to mark restricted navigation areas around commercial space launches. The Coast Guard authorized the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, to use AIS PATON to inform mariners of non-charted restricted zones during sea-based space launches. The...

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns to homeport

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns to homeport
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) conduct a gunnery exercise with a .50-caliber Browning M2HB machine gun in the Caribbean Sea during a 75-day patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Kira Dabrowski KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport of Key West following a 75-day patrol throughout the Caribbean Sea in support...

Coast Guard, good Samaritan respond to capsized vessel near Brunswick

Coast Guard, good Samaritan respond to capsized vessel near Brunswick
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan responded to a report of a capsized vessel and recovered two people from the water near Brunswick, Georgia, Monday. At approximately 1:40 p.m., a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew recovered one person from the water and a good Samaritan crew recovered a second person, who was reported unconscious. The boaters...

Coast Guard medevacs man 218 miles northeast of Bahamas

Coast Guard medevacs man 218 miles northeast of Bahamas
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevaced a man 218 miles northeast of New Providence, Bahamas, Friday. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed in Andros Island, hoisted a 59-year-old Dutch man experiencing chest pains from a fishing vessel and transported him to the airport in Nassau for ambulance transportation to...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Mallory Square

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Mallory Square
KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 33-foot pleasure craft with seven people aboard in the vicinity of Mallory Square, Wednesday. A Coast Guard Station Key West 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew boarding team conducted the boarding of a pleasure craft and discovered the following violations: Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.605 for failure to have an uninspected...

Coast Guard seizes approximately 5,000 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard seizes approximately 5,000 pounds of cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane intercepted a self propelled semi-submersible vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and seized approximately 5,000 pounds of cocaine October 23. The crew was alerted to the presence of a suspected narcotic-trafficking semi-submersible vessel by the crew of a maritime...