Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville holds change of command ceremony
Capt. Todd Wiemers, left, transfers command of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville to Capt. Mark Vlaun, right, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, during the unit’s change of command ceremony.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Capt. Mark Vlaun relieved Capt. Todd Wiemers as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Tuesday during a change of command...

Coast Guard rescues canoer east of Satellite Beach

Coast Guard rescues canoer east of Satellite Beach
Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old man Tuesday who was canoeing off the coast of Satellite Beach. At 2:47 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders received a notification from Brevard County Sheriff’s Office stating a male canoer...

Coast Guard assists disabled, overdue vessel east of Port Canaveral

Coast Guard assists disabled, overdue vessel east of Port Canaveral
45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted a disabled and overdue vessel Saturday off the coast of Port Canaveral. At approximately 6 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watchstanders were notified of an overdue 27-foot vessel with three people aboard participating in...

Coast Guard assists boaters after vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet

Coast Guard assists boaters after vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet
A Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet boat crew assists three boaters May 4, 2019, after a vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Rodriguez) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted three boaters Saturday after a vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watchstanders received...

Off-duty Coast Guardsman rescues boater from capsized vessel near Cumberland Island

Off-duty Coast Guardsman rescues boater from capsized vessel near Cumberland Island
Chief Petty Officer Chief Matthew Hare. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An off-duty Coast Guardsman rescued a boater from a capsized vessel Friday near Cumberland Island, Georgia. Chief Petty Officer Matthew Hare of the Coast Guard Cutter Hammer, notified Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders he noticed one boater sitting on his capsized 16-foot boat at 7:30 p.m while on his personal...

Coast Guard rescues 3 after vessel capsizes, partially sinks in Mosquito Lagoon

Coast Guard rescues 3 after vessel capsizes, partially sinks in Mosquito Lagoon
24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water file photo. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Saturday after their vessel capsized and partially sank in Mosquito Lagoon. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders were notified after Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet received a call at 5:31 p.m. from the spouse of one of three people who were in need of assistance after...

Coast Guard medevacs unresponsive diver 40 miles east of Ponce Inlet

Coast Guard medevacs unresponsive diver 40 miles east of Ponce Inlet
Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard crews medevaced an injured diver Tuesday 40 miles east of Ponce Inlet. The diver, a 37-year old male, was experiencing signs of decompression sickness. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders received notification from the vessel Fishues at 4:18 p.m. and launched a Coast Guard Station Ponce de...

Coast Guard gives safety cautions for Northeast Florida maritime community

Coast Guard gives safety cautions for Northeast Florida maritime community
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard is alerting mariners and the public to remain vigilant with the passage of Hurricane Florence. “Even though Jacksonville will not experience strong winds the beaches and Intracoastal Waterway can still pose a significant threat to mariners and beach goers,” said Cmdr. Luis Parrales, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. NOAA is currently reporting...

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters stranded on Disappearing Island

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters stranded on Disappearing Island
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Sunday after their boat became stuck aground on Disappearing Island near Ponce Inlet. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders received a call at 4:00 a.m. from the operator of a 19-foot pontoon boat stating he had been stranded for seven hours after beaching his boat and being unable to relaunch it. A Coast Guard Station...