From the Bridge Wing 9-15-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1944 – Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasion and liberation of Morotai Island.

1948 – After making a night-long high speed run to reach the hurricane-ridden Portuguese schooner Gasper some 300 miles off the southern tip of Newfoundland, Coast Guard Cutter Bibb launched two 20-man rubber lifeboats in heavy rain and seas to rescue 40 survivors and 1 dog from the doomed ship.

1958 – A New Jersey Central passenger train plunged into Newark Bay through an open drawbridge, submerging two engines and two coaches.  Coast Guard small craft and helicopters assisted in rescuing 43 survivors and recovering 29 bodies.

1995 – Hurricane Marilyn made landfall, cutting a path of destruction across the U.S. Virgin Islands.  GANTSEC Command Center coordinated the SAR efforts.  HH-65As from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen rescued survivors from two vessels that sank during the storm.  Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba also participated in the SAR operation and then supported the relief efforts in St. Thomas.  Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous relieved Escanaba on 18 September.  The Coast Guard Cutter Point Ledge, homeported in St. Thomas, had been washed up on the city’s seawall by the heavy storm surge, causing considerable damage.  None of her crew were injured, however.  Members of LEDET Miami and TACLET members from Miami and San Juan were flown to St. Thomas to help enforce a curfew, provide airport security and help stand watch on the grounded Point Ledge.  Coast Guard aircraft also flew overflights to survey  the damage and delivered relief supplies.  In 10 days the aircraft delivered more than 410,000 pounds of relief supplies and transported 260 federal recovery workers to St. Thomas.  MSD St. Thomas supervised all maritime recovery operations, facilitated maritime traffic for a community dependent on maritime commerce, responded to the massive environmental impacts, and were the DoT’s representative for the initial standup of the EOC.  Aids to Naigation Team San Juan and the Coast Guard Cutter Laurel were also sent to assist in the cleanup.

2001 – Coast Guard units and local agencies responded to a bridge collision on the Intracoastal Waterway after the tug Brown Water V and its four barges struck the Queen Isabella Causeway, the longest bridge in Texas.  The collision caused a 240-foot section of the causeway to collapse, spilling 10 cars into the water and killing five persons.  Coast Guard Station South Padre Island deployed two 27- foot boats, a 41-foot boat and a 21-footer.  Other vessels pulled 13 survivors from the water and transferred them to the Coast Guard craft.  The Coast Guard Cutter Mallett was later used as a rescue platform to retrieve the submerged vehicles and victims.


Coast Guard strengthens relationship with Vietnam Marine Police – coast Guard Compass blog

The U.S. Coast Guard continued to expand U.S. ties to Vietnam last week with a visit by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, who became the first Commandant to visit as part of an official international outreach initiative.


Hawaii molasses spill could bring predators –

A massive molasses spill this week in Honolulu Harbor could lead to an increase in the number of sharks, barracuda and eels, as well as bacteria in the area, the Hawaii Department of Health warned.

“While molasses is not harmful to the public directly, the substance is polluting the water, causing fish to die and could lead to an increase in predator species,” the health department said in a statement Wednesday.


A Coast Guard Air Station Houston crew readies and takes off in an MH-65D Dolphin rescue helicopter to search for a missing fisherman off the Bolivar Peninsula Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.


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