Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue mariner near San Luis Pass, Texas

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue mariner near San Luis Pass, Texas
Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter File Photo HOUSTON —The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued a mariner from a fishing vessel taking on water one mile southeast of San Luis Pass, Texas, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received notification from a TowBoatUS operator of a mariner aboard a 20-foot fishing vessel who was taking on water. Watchstanders...

Coast Guard crews assist disabled sailboat off North Carolina coast

Coast Guard crews assist disabled sailboat off North Carolina coast
Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder file photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton PORTSMOUTH, Va.-The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous and Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder towed a disabled sailboat with two people aboard to safety Tuesday. The crew of the sailing vessel Gaia became disabled after being demasted and losing all electrical power. The crew activated an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)...

Coast Guard rescues 7 after vessel sinks in Thorne Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard rescues 7 after vessel sinks in Thorne Bay, Alaska
An inflatable life raft sits in Thorne Bay after a Coast Guard Station Ketchikan Response Boat-Medium boat crew rescued seven people from a sinking vessel in Thorne Bay, Alaska, June 29, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Ketchikan. KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew rescued seven people from a life raft in Thorne Bay, Alaska, Friday, after their...

Coast Guard rescues two 180 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash

Coast Guard rescues two 180 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 helicopter file photo WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a husband and wife off a sailing vessel 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington, Saturday morning. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, tracked the sailing vessel’s electronic position indicating radio beacon and safely hoisted the couple before...

Coast Guard, international partners rescue rower 530 miles off Cape Cod

Coast Guard, international partners rescue rower 530 miles off Cape Cod
This is a screenshot of Niall Macdonald’s last recorded position on his website Friday, June 15, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of a man aboard ocean rowboat Alba Friday after he activated his emergency position indicating radio beacon about 530 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Niall Macdonald triggered his EPIRB around 12:30 a.m. Friday,...

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 2 boaters after vessel capsizes off Cape Canaveral

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 2 boaters after vessel capsizes off Cape Canaveral
29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued two boaters Friday after their vessel capsized 9 miles east of Cape Canaveral. Rescued were Justin Desoto, 33, from Seminole County and Andy Odom. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville were notified at 9 p.m. by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office of a 911 hang-up...

Coast Guard hones in on safety as summer boating season commences in Northeast

Coast Guard hones in on safety as summer boating season commences in Northeast
BOSTON — The Coast Guard released its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics report Tuesday, revealing boating fatalities nationwide totaled 658, the second highest number in five years. In the Northeast, recreational boating deaths decreased from 55 in 2016 to 54 in 2017. Thirty-nine of the 54 people who died drowned and 41 of the 54 deaths were the result of capsizing or falling overboard. Thirty-nine...

Coast Guard raises awareness on 406 Day

Coast Guard raises awareness on 406 Day
MIAMI – The Coast Guard is reminding boaters Friday of the importance of emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) and personal locator beacons (PLBs) for 406 Day. 406 Day is a national campaign run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to spread awareness of EPIRBs and PLBs for boating safety annually on April 6. In 2017, the Seventh Coast Guard District responded to 223...

406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance

406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance
NEW ORLEANS – Friday is 406 Day this year. 406 Day is a national campaign run by NOAA to spread awareness of the importance of emergency position indicating radio beacons, or EPIRBS, and personal locator beacons, or PLBs, in boating safety. In 2017, the Eighth Coast Guard District responded to 344 distress signals from EPIRBS aboard aircraft and boats. An EPIRB works by transmitting a signal that...