Coast Guard releases Final Action Memo regarding El Faro sinking

Coast Guard releases Final Action Memo regarding El Faro sinking
WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard today released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of the S.S. El Faro and its 33 crewmembers during a 2015 hurricane near Crooked Island, Bahamas. In the Final Action Memo, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, approves the findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions detailed in the Marine Board of Investigation’s Report of Investigation, essentially...

Coast Guard to release Marine Board of Investigation report into sinking of El Faro

Coast Guard to release Marine Board of Investigation report into sinking of El Faro
WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard will release the S.S. El Faro Marine Board of Investigation report on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. This report identifies causal factors of the loss of the S.S. El Faro and 33 crew members. The report proposes safety recommendations for future actions to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The report may be accessed at: https://uscg.mil/foia/foia_library.asp on Sunday, Oct....

Coast Guard, Navy, City of Virginia Beach to remove buoy beached by Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard, Navy, City of Virginia Beach to remove buoy beached by Hurricane Joaquin
Green Marker Buoy 5 lays in the sand at the Chic’s Beach area of Virginia Beach, Va. two years ago on Oct 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Members from the Coast Guard, Navy and City of Virginia Beach are scheduled to remove a buoy Thursday that was beached along the shore of Virginia Beach following Hurricane Joaquin. Members from...

Coast Guard suspends search for El Faro crew after 7-day search

Coast Guard suspends search for El Faro crew after 7-day search
MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended the search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin,  at sunset Wednesday, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and tugboat crews searched more than 183,000 square nautical miles off the Bahamian coast in a joint effort to locate the El Faro crew. “I have come to a very difficult...

Coast Guard rescues 12 crewmembers who abandoned ship north of Haiti

Coast Guard rescues 12 crewmembers who abandoned ship north of Haiti
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued 12 mariners who abandoned their sinking 212-foot cargo ship beset by heavy weather from Hurricane Joaquin Thursday evening after their vessel reportedly began taking on water and listing 51 nautical miles northwest of Haiti. Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received a relayed message from Her Majesty’s Coast Guard, who received...

Coast Guard searching for missing container ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard searching for missing container ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin
MIAMI — The Coast Guard continues to search for a missing container ship with 33 crewmembers aboard reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The crew consists of 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals. Coast Guard search crews have covered approximately 850 square nautical miles in the search for the El Faro crew. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Coast Guard urges caution as heavy weather approaches Southern New England

Coast Guard urges caution as heavy weather approaches Southern New England
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sam Edes braves the weather to secure a 29-foot Response Boat-Small Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Station Woods Hole, Mass.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell) BOSTON — The Coast Guard urges mariners and residents in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island to prepare for heavy weather as it moves into the area over the next few days. “I strongly...

Coast Guard urges caution, preparation ahead of Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard urges caution, preparation ahead of Hurricane Joaquin
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard urges the public to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast. Stay informed: The public should monitor the progress and strength of Hurricane Joaquin through local television, radio and internet. Information can...

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads sets Port Condition Whiskey in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads sets Port Condition Whiskey in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey at 2 p.m. Thursday for all navigable waters in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale force winds are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 72 hours. The Port of Hampton Roads remains open to all vessel traffic and commercial activities, however, all...