Coast Guard cutters receive new commanding officers in dual ceremony

Coast Guard cutters receive new commanding officers in dual ceremony
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Petrel and Sea Otter received new officers-in-charge during a unique dual change-of-command ceremony held in San Diego Thursday morning. During the ceremony, command of the Coast Guard Cutter Petrel was transferred from Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Swiatek to Master Chief Petty Officer John Bowen. Command of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter was transferred...

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican Navy worked together to interdict approximately 4,600 pounds of marijuana and apprehend three suspected smugglers in international waters about 150 miles southwest of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sunday. During a routine flight, a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion observed a suspicious 35-foot panga with three people aboard....

Coast Guard Cutter Petrel crew terminates unsafe fishing vessel voyage, tows to port

Coast Guard Cutter Petrel crew terminates unsafe fishing vessel voyage, tows to port
SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter crew terminated the unsafe voyage of a commercial fishing vessel with two people aboard near Northwest Harbor off San Clemente Island, Tuesday. A Coast Guard Cutter Petrel boarding team terminated the voyage after they arrived on scene to assist the 28-foot lobster boat High Life that had been disabled for two days due to an electrical problem and discovered...

Los Angeles and San Diego DHS ReCoM agencies disrupt maritime smuggling attempt

Los Angeles and San Diego DHS ReCoM agencies disrupt maritime smuggling attempt
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego and Los Angeles DHS Regional Coordinating Mechanisms utilizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Coast Guard assets worked together to disrupt a maritime smuggling attempt off the coast of California Friday night. Two suspects were taken into custody, and authorities seized the panga boat and 51 bales of marijuana with an estimated weight of more than...

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 2 from sinking watercraft

SAN DIEGO – Good Samaritans and the U.S. Coast Guard worked together to rescue two people aboard a sinking personal watercraft 13 miles southwest of San Diego, Tuesday morning. The Joint Harbor Operation Center, located at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, received a distress call at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the people aboard the water craft near the Coronado Islands, Mexico. The Coast Guard...

San Diego Coast Guard and Lifeguards search for possible vessel taking on water

SAN DIEGO – Coast Guard and San Diego lifeguard units are currently searching for a possible vessel that is taking on water a mile north of Point Loma, Calif. A local vessel salvage company notified the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) about 5 p.m., of a radio call they received stating a 20-foot pleasure craft with four people aboard was taking on water and were in need of help. The call stated...

Coast Guard assists stranded boaters 40 miles offshore

SAN DIEGO – Coast Guard crews assisted two people and a dog aboard a disabled vessel 40 miles northwest of San Diego Thursday evening. The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m., from a mariner whose 22-foot pleasure craft was disabled. The Coast Guard Cutter Petrel, an 87-foot patrol boat, was diverted to the disabled vessel. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter...