Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters after personal watercraft capsizes near Miguel Bay

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters after personal watercraft capsizes near Miguel Bay
A Coast Guard Station Cortez 29-foot Response Boat-Small II file photo by by Seaman Meredith A. Manning CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Monday after their personal watercraft capsized 500 yards west of Big Miguel Pass. Rescued were John Miller, 50 and Shane Schaltz, 51. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cortez received a 911 transfer at 8:20 p.m. via Manatee County Dispatch...

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Lido Key

Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Lido Key
A Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew medevacs a 43-year-old man from a sailboat 2 miles west of Big Sarasota Pass, Florida, June 30, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.) LIDO KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man Saturday from a sailboat 2 miles west of Big Sarasota Pass. Rescued was Tarpon Springs native, Bryan Shawl, 43. At 1:54 a.m. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders...

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters after vessel capsizes near Longboat Key

Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters after vessel capsizes near Longboat Key
A boatcrew from Station Cortez rescued two distressed boaters from the hull of this capsized 31-foot fishing boat and transferred them to Coquina Boat Ramp with no reported injuries Thursday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Thursday after their vessel capsized 6 miles west of Longboat Key. Rescued were Donald Swanson, 60 and Tonda Reeck, 62. Watchstanders...

Coast Guard rescues boater clinging to Bradenton pier

Coast Guard rescues boater clinging to Bradenton pier
A 29-foot Response Boat Small-II boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, tows a boater aboard his disabled 10-foot dingy from under the Bradenton pier, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a boater aboard a 10-foot dingy stranded under the Bradenton pier Sunday. At 11 a.m. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call...

Coast Guard rescues boater 2 miles west of Casey Key

Coast Guard rescues boater 2 miles west of Casey Key
Coast Guard Station Cortez 29-foot Response Boat-Small II file photo by by Seaman Meredith A. Manning CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a man aboard his 14-foot sailboat 2 miles west of Casey Key, Saturday. Rescued was Palm Beach Gardens native, Paul Friedman, 53. At 5:10 p.m. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16. Friedman...

Coast Guard suspends search for boater off Mead Point

Coast Guard suspends search for boater off Mead Point
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter File Photo CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday evening for a boater missing 5 miles north west Mead Point since Friday. At approximately 6:15 p.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report from the wife of Fraser Horne, 63, from Calgary, Canada and resident of Cortez during the...

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for boater near Mead Point

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for boater near Mead Point
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo CORTEZ, Fla. – The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to search Saturday for a 63-year-old boater near Mead Point. Missing is Fraser Horne, 63, from Cortez. At approximately 6:15 p.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report from Horne’s wife stating her husband departed from Egmont Key aboard his...

Coast Guard crews along Florida Gulf Coast prepare for Hurricane Irma

Coast Guard crews along Florida Gulf Coast prepare for Hurricane Irma
Members from Coast Guard Station Cortez make preparations to evacuate their crew and assets out of Hurricane Irma’s path before it makes landfall. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard stations along Florida’s Gulf Coast pre-staged personnel and boats Saturday for potential Hurricane Irma impacts to the area. Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports

Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports
TAMPA, Fla. – The Coast Guard has closed Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports, and set Hurricane Condition ZULU (sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours). The ports are closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. No vessel may enter, depart or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP). All cargo and bunker...