Coast Guard convenes highest-level marine casualty investigation into loss of Conception

Coast Guard convenes highest-level marine casualty investigation into loss of Conception
WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. Richard Timme, announced Wednesday that he has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) to investigate the loss of the small passenger vessel Conception. The Conception caught fire and sank in the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2019, just off Santa Cruz Island in California. Only five of the 39 people...

Coast Guard seeks public’s assistance with investigation in Honolulu

Coast Guard seeks public's assistance with investigation in Honolulu
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard and other local law enforcement are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man observed discharging a weapon at an intersection in Waikiki in July of 2018. The Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) is working jointly with the Honolulu Police Department and others in the case. They are releasing these images to generate new leads in the case. On July...

Coast Guard seeks public’s help to identify hoax caller near Ocean City, Md.

Coast Guard seeks public’s help to identify hoax caller near Ocean City, Md.
BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard would like the public’s help to identify a suspected hoax caller, who has been transmitting distress calls since late March around Ocean City. “Hoax calls put other boaters and first responders at risk,” said Cmdr. Mathew Fine, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. “We take every call seriously, which means that hoax calls...

Coast Guard enforces safety zone in response to report of possible explosive device

Coast Guard enforces safety zone in response to report of possible explosive device
AGAT, Guam — Tuesday the Agat Marina was reopened to traffic at 11:50 a.m. following an earlier closure due to a report of a suspicious package. At 8:59 a.m., Cmdr. Joshua Empen, Acting Commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Captain of the Port, established a safety zone enforcement of 500 yards in the vicinity of Agat Marina following report of a suspicious package and possible improvised explosive...

Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel

Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel
Members of a Coast Guard boarding team embark on the 35-foot pleasure boat, Fun, on Lake Michigan off of Chicago, June 9, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CHICAGO — Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago announced that the owner of two recreational pleasure boats has been fined $80,000 for operating as an illegal passenger vessel business on Lake Michigan for at least the past...

Coast Guard charges members for alleged illicit drug activity in Kodiak

Coast Guard charges members for alleged illicit drug activity in Kodiak
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has initiated criminal proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice against 12 members, most of whom are assigned to various Coast Guard units in Kodiak, Alaska, for allegedly using illegal drugs. Six additional Coast Guard members were disciplined at non-judicial punishment proceedings and are being processed for separation from the Service. Additional...

Man arrested for laser strike to Coast Guard helicopter

Man arrested for laser strike to Coast Guard helicopter
Two Coast Guard Investigative Service agents make an arrest in Puerto Rico, Jan. 17, 2019.  Coast Guard photo by Ensign Stacy Urreola. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One individual was arrested by Coast Guard Investigative Services, Thursday for performing multiple laser strikes on a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew in San Juan. On June 12, 2018 a Dolphin helicopter safely...

Coast Guard Investigative Service appoints new special agent in charge for Southeast region

Coast Guard Investigative Service appoints new special agent in charge for Southeast region
Zinnia James, the new Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent in charge as of Oct. 1, 2018. (Coast Guard Photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard Investigative Service appointed the new special agent in charge for Coast Guard Investigative Service Southeast Region, Oct. 10. Appointed was, Zinnia James, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent, who is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a special...

German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution

German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution
Portland, Maine – A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey B. Clark for the Justice Department’s...