Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River

Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
Coast Guard Cutter Bridle file photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore) BOSTON – The Coast Guard urges the public to remove all ice fishing shacks as soon as safely possible from the Kennebec River as the Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations Thursday. Crews of four Coast Guard ice-breakers are scheduled to begin the operation known as “Spring Breakout” to reduce the risk of...

Coast Guard cuts ribbon on new command center in Maine

Coast Guard cuts ribbon on new command center in Maine
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine cuts a ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the opening of a new $2.3M Coast Guard command center at Sector Northern New England, located in Portland, Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Hupp) BOSTON — Coast Guard Sector Northern New England officially opened a new 24-hour command center Wednesday in South Portland, Maine. Sen. Susan Collins, Atlantic...

Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen 60 miles off Maine coast

Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen 60 miles off Maine coast
The Air Station Cape Cod rescue aircrews and the rescued four fishermen from the fishing boat Aaron & Melissa II pose for a group photograph at Brunswick Executive Airport in Brunswick, Maine, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kate Dacimo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued four fishermen Wednesday after abandoning their boat off the coast of Rockland, Maine. The captain...

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...

Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing lobsterman off Jonesport, Maine

Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing lobsterman off Jonesport, Maine
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer Andrew Barresi SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a person in the water Tuesday near Doyle Island, Maine. A good Samaritan reported to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England that he saw a person falling into the water from...

Coast Guard rescues woman after boat capsizes on Lake Champlain

Coast Guard rescues woman after boat capsizes on Lake Champlain
Coast Guard 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo. BOSTON – Coast Guard Station Burlington crewmembers rescued a woman Tuesday evening after her 17-foot boat capsized on Lake Champlain near Schuyler Island. Local emergency dispatchers relayed the distress call to watchstanders at the station at approximately 7:27 p.m. The woman had used her cell phone to call 911 and provide her location. A...

Coast Guard invites public to tour Maine lighthouses

Coast Guard invites public to tour Maine lighthouses
BOSTON — The public is invited to visit and tour the towers and keeper’s houses of 24 Maine lighthouses from Biddeford to Lubec, Maine, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of Maine’s Open Lighthouse Day, some lights not normally open to the public include Curtis Island Light in Camden Harbor; Dyce Head Light in Castine; Monhegan Island Light on Monhegan Island; Portland Breakwater...

Coast Guard suspends search for paraglider in New Hampshire

Coast Guard suspends search for paraglider in New Hampshire
Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft File Photo BOSTON — The Coast Guard suspended its search at 12:39 p.m. Monday for a possible paraglider near Seabrook, New Hampshire. At approximately 7:15 p.m. Sunday, a beach patron called 911 to report a paraglider in the water about 600 yards off Seabrook Beach. Local emergency dispatch crews relayed the call to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard crews searched...

Coast Guard offers reward to help find stolen buoy bells off Maine’s coast

Coast Guard offers reward to help find stolen buoy bells off Maine's coast
The space in which a sound signaling brass bell typically hangs on this offshore buoy is empty after the bell was stolen, off the coast of Maine.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard is offering a cash reward for information concerning the theft of sound signaling devices from navigational buoys off Maine’s coast. Over the last nine months, nine buoys had bells stolen from...