Distress calls, rescues pick up over holiday weekend in Mid-Atlantic

Distress calls, rescues pick up over holiday weekend in Mid-Atlantic
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Boaters and swimmers took to the water this Father’s Day weekend, and as the summer boating season ramps up, Coast Guard units and command center personnel responded to a high number of emergencies from New Jersey to North Carolina. Coast Guard crewmembers assisted in three medical evacuations, responded to six disabled vessels, five vessels taking on water, two vessels aground,...

Coast Guard urges boating safety as fishing resumes, warmer weather returns

Coast Guard urges boating safety as fishing resumes, warmer weather returns
Coast Guard recreational boat boarding file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega SEATTLE — The Coast Guard urges safety on the water with the reopening of the fishing season and easing of stay-at-home orders across the Pacific Northwest. Water recreation can be a great way to practice social distancing, but it’s vital to know the safety measures you should exercise. The Coast Guard realizes...

Coast Guard wraps up summer boating season, reminds mariners to prepare for cold weather

Coast Guard wraps up summer boating season, reminds mariners to prepare for cold weather
NEW YORK – Coast Guard Sectors New York and Long Island Sound remind mariners to take extra precautions on the water as the air and water temperatures in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey grow colder each day. Although summer officially just ended three weeks ago, the Northeast is already experiencing colder weather, which means boaters, paddlers, sailors, and fishermen should carry extra gear...

Coast Guard urges safe boating during Columbus Day Weekend

Coast Guard urges safe boating during Columbus Day Weekend
Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard reminds boaters  to use extra caution while out on the water this Columbus Day weekend. Coast Guard crews, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, will be patrolling, conducting safety checks and ensuring mariners are staying safe. Consider these boating safety tips before leaving the dock: googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard urges safe boating during holiday weekend

Coast Guard urges safe boating during holiday weekend
Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Seattle monitor boaters on Lake Washington to ensure their safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Valerie Higdon. SEATTLE — The Coast Guard urges boaters to use extra caution while on the water this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the traditional boating season and is usually a very busy few days on the water. Coast...

Coast Guard, Assumption Parish Sheriffs rescue 2 people from Lake Verret

Coast Guard, Assumption Parish Sheriffs rescue 2 people from Lake Verret
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office rescued two individuals in Lake Verret, Louisiana, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office at 12:40 a.m. of an overdue 18-foot skiff with two men and a woman aboard. Watchstanders directed...

Coast Guard urges safe boating over the Columbus Day weekend

Coast Guard urges safe boating over the Columbus Day weekend
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo. MIAMI — The Coast Guard warns boaters  to use extra caution while out on the water this Columbus Day weekend. Coast Guard crews, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, will be patrolling, conducting safety checks, and watching for individuals boating while intoxicated or operating in an unsafe manner. Consider these boating safety...

Coast Guard urges boaters to stay safe during Labor Day weekend

Coast Guard urges boaters to stay safe during Labor Day weekend
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard encourages boaters in to use extra caution while out on the water this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the traditional beach and boating season, and is usually a very busy weekend on the water. Here are a few helpful tips for boaters to remember to stay safe on the water: Wear a life jacket: life jackets save lives. 83 percent of...

Coast Guard urges boaters to plan ahead, file a float plan to increase chances of being found

Coast Guard urges boaters to plan ahead, file a float plan to increase chances of being found
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard reminds boaters to plan ahead before venturing out on the water by filing a float plan with someone on land and by downloading the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app. No one plans to get lost out on the water. No one plans to have their boat break down far away from land. No one plans to have an accident on the water. And unfortunately, not many people plan ahead...