Cutter Hamilton oversees Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response

Cutter Hamilton oversees Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response
Two Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton smallboat crews conduct training Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 near Mayport, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Florence response efforts.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Kiana Kekoa CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) oversaw five Coast Guard cutters in the Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response efforts. The...

Coast Guard rescues four people after boat engine fire near Fort Macon State Park, NC

Coast Guard rescues four people after boat engine fire near Fort Macon State Park, NC
Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water file photo CARTERET COUNTY, NC — The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water and one person from a vessel after the engines caught fire in Back Sound near Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina, Sunday evening. Carteret County police initially received the distress call from a person aboard the distressed vessel, and notified the Coast...

Coast Guard assists 4 people, 1 dog stranded on island off Cape Lookout

Coast Guard assists 4 people, 1 dog stranded on island off Cape Lookout
Coast Guard Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo. WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard crews assisted four people and their dog after their vessel ran aground near Cape Lookout Sunday evening. TowBoatUS personnel notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s command center in Wilmington at 9:40 p.m. that a 20-foot vessel was taking on water in the vicinity of Shark...

Coast Guard medevacs man 15 miles south of Beaufort Inlet, NC

Coast Guard medevacs man 15 miles south of Beaufort Inlet, NC
Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Lifeboat file photo by Chief Petty Officer Mark Coady WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard crews and local paramedics medevaced a man 15 miles south of Beaufort Inlet Tuesday morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s command center in Wilmington received notification that a passenger aboard the 56-foot charter fishing vessel Dancin Outlaw was suffering...

Coast Guard rescues man after search off Emerald Isle, NC

Coast Guard rescues man after search off Emerald Isle, NC
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker. WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued a man Saturday after a search that began Friday when two men aboard a recreational fishing boat were reported overdue near Emerald Isle. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received notification at about 7:45 p.m....

Coast Guard assists 5 near Beaufort, NC

Coast Guard assists 5 near Beaufort, NC
Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water file photo WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard assisted five people early Sunday after their vessel became swamped Saturday near Beaufort. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a report from Carteret County dispatchers late Saturday evening that an 18-foot skiff with five people aboard were...

Coast Guard medevacs man 14 miles southwest of Cape Lookout, NC

Coast Guard medevacs man 14 miles southwest of Cape Lookout, NC
Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Station Fort Macon personnel medevaced a man Sunday night aboard a fishing vessel 14 miles southwest of Cape Lookout. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a call from the crew of the fishing vessel Lady Catherine requesting a medevac of a 54-year-old crew member reporting chest pains. Station Fort Macon...

Drifting in the dark: Stranded divers, a flashlight and a float plan

Drifting in the dark: Stranded divers, a flashlight and a float plan
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Sparks used this high-powered flashlight to signal a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, July 6, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn A loud pop startled two scuba divers exploring a wreck 50 feet below the ocean’s surface eight miles off Atlantic Beach,...

Sector North Carolina, Station Fort Macon and Cutter Smilax crews change commands

Sector North Carolina, Station Fort Macon and Cutter Smilax crews change commands
Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, moored at its homeport of Coast Guard Station Fort Macon. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin. Wilmington, N.C. — The crews of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax all changed commands during ceremonies in Atlantic Beach Friday. Capt. Jerry Barnes passed leadership of Sector North Carolina...