Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino ship

Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino ship
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. – Coast Guard boats, cutters and helicopters safely transferred 118 people Wednesday off a casino boat that ran aground and became stranded about 2 miles northeast of Tybee Island. One passenger was transported by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution due to high blood sugar, but no injuries were reported. The 174-foot casino boat Escapade, was carrying 94 passengers and...

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray receives new commanding officer

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray receives new commanding officer
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — Crewmembers stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held at Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach Friday. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lemay relieved Chief Warrant Officer Christopher M. Cartwright of command of the Maria Bray, a 175-foot keeper-class coastal buoy tender. Capt. Tom Allan, commander...

Search suspended for possible missing boaters near wreckage

Search suspended for possible missing boaters near wreckage
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its active search at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday for any additional people possibly in the water or otherwise in distress off the coast of Atlantic Beach. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of Guillermo Gonzalez Losada, 49, near a large debris field Sunday about 22 miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. “The decision...

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray illustrates multi-mission capabilities

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray illustrates multi-mission capabilities
MAYPORT, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray and crew returned to their homeport at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Thursday morning following a 30-day deployment during which crewmembers were directly engaged in operations involving 75 Cuban migrants. The Maria Bray left homeport Oct. 5, 2012, and headed to Miami and Key West, Fla., in support of the cutter’s...

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray repatriates 15 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray repatriates 15 Cuban migrants
MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray repatriated 15 Cuban migrants, from two separate vessels, to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday. Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District received notification of a rustic vessel with six Cuban migrants aboard, south of Marquesas, Fla., and nine migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Key West, Fla. Sept. 17. The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak...