Coast Guard reminds mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools

Coast Guard reminds mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools
A crewmember stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro fires off a signal flare during training. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Pedro Sullivan. SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools and offers other safety reminders ahead of this 4th of July week. The days leading up to and after the Independence Day holiday are often extremely...

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe during New Year’s Day weekend

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe during New Year's Day weekend
TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard reminds Florida boaters Friday to exercise caution and to boat safe while enjoying New Year’s Day weekend. The Coast Guard urges boaters not to launch or use fireworks aboard a boat as they can be mistaken as a sign of distress and needlessly attracting Coast Guard and other rescue resources. “Every New Year’s Eve, Coast Guard personnel receive and respond...

Emergency flares and float plan help Coast Guard save two boaters

Emergency flares and float plan help Coast Guard save two boaters
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard located two missing men in their 18-foot boat just before midnight near Anacapa Island, Calif., July 2, 2012. The pair were fishing near the island but when they did not return as planned, the wife of one of the men contacted the Coast Guard shortly after 9 p.m. The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, a boat...