Coast Guard assists 5, stresses EPIRB importance

Coast Guard assists 5, stresses EPIRB importance
The Cospas-Sarsat satellite system uses a combination of different satellites to detect and locate emergency beacons. The satellites relay the distress signals from the emergency beacons to a network of ground stations and ultimately to the U.S. Mission Control Center in Suitland, Maryland. The USMCC processes the distress signal and alerts the appropriate search and rescue authorities to who is in...

Coast Guard locates two overdue boaters near Homosassa

Coast Guard locates two overdue boaters near Homosassa
Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard located two people on an overdue vessel 23 miles off Homosassa, Florida Friday. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircrew located the vessel and confirmed with a nearby good Samaritan the two men aboard where the overdue fishermen who had a dead boat battery. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard medevacs man 10 miles west of Hernando Beach

Coast Guard medevacs man 10 miles west of Hernando Beach
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man with severe abdominal pain from a fishing vessel 10 miles west of Hernando Beach, Florida Thursday. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew responded to the call and safely transported the 49-year-old man to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition. Coast...

Coast Guard medevacs man 40 miles west of Hernando Beach

Coast Guard medevacs man 40 miles west of Hernando Beach
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a recreational vessel 40 miles west of Hernando Beach, Florida Monday. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew responded to the call and safely transported the man to Tampa General Hospital. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a VHF marine...

Coast Guard rescues 3 in Withlacoochee River

Coast Guard rescues 3 in Withlacoochee River
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from a swamped airboat in the Withlacoochee River near Yankeetown, Florida Monday. A Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boatcrew recovered three men from the water and transported them to Bird Creek Boat Ramp to awaiting EMS for further evaluation. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received...

Coast Guard rescues man after boat capsizes 20 miles west of Spring Hill

Coast Guard rescues man after boat capsizes 20 miles west of Spring Hill
Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 27-foot Utility Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued a man Thursday after his boat capsized approximately 20 miles west of Spring Hill. Rescued was Walker Wesley, 59, from Spring Hill, Florida. The man was transported to Hernando Beach boat ramp where local EMS met him and was released in good...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person in Crystal River, Florida

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person in Crystal River, Florida
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Auxiliarist Joseph Feldman. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing paddle boarder in Crystal River, Monday. The missing person was recovered by Citrus County Sheriff and identified by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). At approximately 1:00 a.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received notification...

Coast Guard searching for missing person in Crystal River, Florida

Coast Guard searching for missing person in Crystal River, Florida
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing paddle boarder in Crystal River, Monday. At approximately 1:00 a.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received notification from Citrus County Sheriff of a 43-year-old male paddle boarder, dressed as “Captain Jack Sparrow,” who left Hunter Springs Park Saturday evening...

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Homosassa

Coast Guard rescues 4 after boat capsizes near Homosassa
A 26-foot boat sits capsized 26-miles west of Homosassa, Florida, Saturday, March 30, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Levi G. Mcfarland) CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued four people Saturday after their 26-foot boat capsized 35 miles west of Homosassa. Rescued were Inverness natives Brittany Thompson, 34, and Brian Thompson, 35. Also rescued were Joanna Fraser, 42, and Lincoln...