Coast Guard reminds that hoax calls and laser pointers are no joke

Coast Guard reminds that hoax calls and laser pointers are no joke
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard would like to remind people of the dangers and penalties associated with hoax distress calls and the use of laser pointers pointed at aircraft or boat crews on patrol. For 230 years the Coast Guard has responded to distress calls at sea but lately, false distress has been on the rise, which places rescue crews in danger, diminishes our capacity to respond to real emergencies...

Coast Guard responds to number of safety, drug-related violations throughout Alaska

Coast Guard responds to number of safety, drug-related violations throughout Alaska
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Santos, with the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick, operates the cutter’s small boat alongside the fishing vessel Tenisha Rose in Sitka Sound, Alaska, during a commercial fishing vessel safety inspection March 19, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Lindsay Wheeler. ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard investigators and inspectors have identified a concerning trend in...

Coast Guard responds to report of boater under influence near Monument Island

Coast Guard responds to report of boater under influence near Monument Island
The 50-foot pleasure craft, Lucy B, is moored to a pier at Coast Guard Station Miami Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Miami Beach) MIAMI — The Coast Guard responded to a call of a boater reportedly operating a vessel under the influence of illegal narcotics Sunday near Monument Island. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a concerned passenger aboard the...

Coast Guard, CBP interdict three smugglers, 220 pounds of cocaine southwest of Cabo Rojo

Coast Guard, CBP interdict three smugglers, 220 pounds of cocaine southwest of Cabo Rojo
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Branch (CBP AMIO) interdicted approximately 220 pounds of cocaine 41 miles southwest of Cabo Rojo. A CBP AMIO aircraft crew located a 20-foot go-fast vessel with three people and suspicious duffle bags aboard. Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders...

Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island

Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard responded to the report of an injured fishermen Monday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marco Island. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call on VHF marine radio Channel 16 at approximately 7:15 a.m. from a crew member on board the 34-foot fishing vessel reporting a fellow crew member...

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection
BOSTON – The former captain of a New Bedford fishing boat owned by Carlos Rafael, a/k/a “The Codfather,” was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for interfering with a U.S Coast Guard inspection of a fishing boat off the Massachusetts coast. Thomas D. Simpson, 57, of South Portland, Maine, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to two years of probation, with the first...

Mexican National Charged with Murder Aboard Fishing Vessel 55 Miles off Massachusetts

Mexican National Charged with Murder Aboard Fishing Vessel 55 Miles off Massachusetts
BOSTON – A Mexican national was arrested and charged Monday in federal court in Boston in connection with the murder of an individual aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with one count of murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of attempted murder within the special maritime...

Coast Guard Training Center Searching for Pilot after Plane Lands on Secured Beach

Coast Guard Training Center Searching for Pilot after Plane Lands on Secured Beach
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Personnel from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are searching for the pilot of a plane that illegally landed on a secured Coast Guard beach. Multiple agencies responded to the aircraft landing, including the Coast Guard Fire Department, Cape May County Police Department, the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, the Coast Guard Police Department and Coast Guard Investigative...

Chicago woman sentenced for making hoax distress call in 2013

Chicago woman sentenced for making hoax distress call in 2013
CHICAGO – A Chicago woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach. Leona Chewning, 24, was sentenced to 180 days of community confinement, three years of probation and $13,613 in restitution for knowingly and willfully...