Coast Guard, CBIG authorities arrest two smugglers, seize go-fast vessel and 16.5 million dollar cocaine shipment

Coast Guard, CBIG authorities arrest two smugglers, seize go-fast vessel and 16.5 million dollar cocaine shipment
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities, working in support of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), arrested two smugglers, seized a go-fast vessel and a 22-bale of cocaine shipment in waters south of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning. The drug shipment was estimated to weigh approximately 1,455 pounds and have a wholesale value...

Unified Command continues efforts for freighter grounding in Mona Island, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard and other federal, state and industry responders continue efforts and are evaluating potential salvage options for the 185-foot cargo freighter that ran aground just off Uvero Beach in Mona Island, Puerto Rico Thursday. “Our primary concern right now is the recovery of the fuel and oil onboard the freighter and minimizing environmental impact,” said Cmdr....

Body of missing swimmer is recovered in Isabela, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The body of a missing swimmer was recovered by local emergency responders Wednesday morning, after a jogger found the body washed ashore on the beach near Punta Jacinto, Isabela, Puerto Rico. The swimmer was last seen struggling in the heavy surf Tuesday morning just off of Punta Jacinto. Three people reportedly jumped into the water to rescue the swimmer however, they were...

Coast Guard recovers body of missing man in “La Villa Pesquera” Beach, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews located and recovered the body of a missing man Wednesday night, after his body refloated just off the beach rocks in “La Villa Pesquera,” Isabela, Puerto Rico. The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter located the body at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark launched...

Coast Guard crews respond to sunken tug boat Salvage north of Puerto Rico

USCG File Photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews are responding Friday to the sunken tug boat Salvage, approximately four nautical miles off the northern coast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The two-man crew aboard the Salvage was rescued by the crew of the tug boat Handy I before the distressed vessel was able to sink. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a call at...

Coast Guard searching for possible survivors of downed helicopter off Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

USCG Station San Juan File PhotoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard is assisting local emergency responders Tuesday in the search for possible survivors from a Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter crash in waters off the northern coast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Monday night. The Coast Guard received notification Monday evening from the Puerto Rico National Guard Army Aviation unit...

Coast Guard suspends search for survivors from migrant vessel off Tortola, British Virgin Islands

USCG file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday afternoon for additional survivors from an alleged migrant vessel that ran aground on a reef shortly after midnight Monday morning near the outer entrance of Paraquita Bay in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. In total, British Virgin Islands’ rescue crews recovered five bodies including three adults and two children....

Coast Guard searching for survivors from migrant vessel off Tortola, British Virgin Islands

USCG file photoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard crews are assisting British Virgin Islands authorities in the search for additional survivors from an alleged migrant vessel that ran aground on a reef Monday near the outer entrance of Paraquita Bay in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. So far, British Virgin Islands’ rescue crews have recovered five bodies including three adults and two children....

Coast Guard recovers missing diver in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews located and recovered the body of a missing diver Friday while searching, approximately 26 nautical miles northeast of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of this scuba diver and U.S. Virgin Island’s Police Officer,” said Captain Eduardo Pino, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander....