Coast Guard ends search for missing mariner off Venice

Coast Guard ends search for missing mariner off Venice
Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard ended their search for a 69-year-old man who was reported missing 46 miles offshore Venice, Florida,Wednesday. A Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew recovered Ricky Baker after searching approximately 100 square miles for 14 hours. Watchstanders...

Coast Guard rescues 2 from aground vessel near Sarasota Bay

Coast Guard rescues 2 from aground vessel near Sarasota Bay
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue swimmer and a Coast Guard Station Cortez rescue swimmer escort two boaters after rescuing them near the Sarasota Bay area after their 21-foot vessel ran aground Jul. 6, 2021.. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard Station Cortez rescue crew assisted two people from an aground 21-foot vessel at approximately 11 p.m. near Sarasota...

Coast Guard rescues 3 mariners near Anna Maria Island

Coast Guard rescues 3 mariners near Anna Maria Island
45-foot RB-M. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners from a vessel taking on water two miles west of Anna Maria Island, Florida Friday. A Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew arrived at 7:50 p.m. to the 70-foot commercial fishing vessel Warrior, took the three crew members off...

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 6 mariners in Tampa Bay

Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 6 mariners in Tampa Bay
Coast Guard Stations Cortez and St. Petersburg rescue six people from a capsizing recreational vessel near the Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Oct. 17, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued six people from a capsizing recreational vessel near the Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay Saturday. Coast Guard Stations Cortez and St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat — Medium...

Coast Guard, local agencies respond to vessel fire near Egmont Key

Coast Guard, local agencies respond to vessel fire near Egmont Key
A West Manatee County Fire Department marine unit crew extinguish the fire on a commercial barge Aug. 20, 2020, after a good Samaritan reported the incident. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a vessel fire near Egmont Key, Sunday. Coast Guard, West Manatee County Fire Department, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and commercial salvage crew...

Coast Guard assists 2 after boat takes on water west of Bean Point

Coast Guard assists 2 after boat takes on water west of Bean Point
The 35-foot vessel Last Lap sinks Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 after a U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response boat-Medium crew along with a Manatee County Sheriff Office marine unit crew arrived on scene and transferred the two aboard boaters from the taking on water vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted two boaters Sunday, after their 35-foot boat started...

Coast Guard rescues 4 from overturned vessel off Sarasota, Florida

Coast Guard rescues 4 from overturned vessel off Sarasota, Florida
A Coast Guard Station Cortez boat crew rescued four boaters from an overturned 24-foot vessel eight miles off Sarasota, Florida, April 5, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo.) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued four boaters from an overturned 24-foot vessel eight miles off Sarasota, Florida Sunday. A Coast Guard Station Cortez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew recovered two men and two...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Sarasota Bay

Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Sarasota Bay
A Coast Guard Station Cortez boatcrew terminated the voyage of a 24-foot uninspected passenger vessel with four passengers for hire aboard in Sarasota Bay, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 24-foot uninspected passenger vessel Thursday in Sarasota Bay, Florida. The vessel was found with four passengers...

Coast Guard boards illegal charter in Longboat Pass

Coast Guard boards illegal charter in Longboat Pass
SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard boarded a 21-foot uninspected passenger vessel with seven passengers aboard Sunday in Longboat Pass, Florida. A Coast Guard Station Cortez 29-foot Response Boat-Small law enforcement boatcrew discovered the vessel was operating a commercial passenger service, and was not in compliance with regulations governing passenger vessels. Uninspected passenger vessels...