Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment

Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20), a polar-class ice breaker, transits Southeast Alaskan waters Nov. 24, 2018. The Healy is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kellen Browne. SEATTLE – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned home Friday to their homeport in Seattle following a four-month deployment in the Arctic. In addition to providing presence...

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection
BOSTON – The former captain of a New Bedford fishing boat owned by Carlos Rafael, a/k/a “The Codfather,” was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for interfering with a U.S Coast Guard inspection of a fishing boat off the Massachusetts coast. Thomas D. Simpson, 57, of South Portland, Maine, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to two years of probation, with the first...

Coast Guard aircrew medevacs NOAA observer from vessel off Washington Coast

Coast Guard aircrew medevacs NOAA observer from vessel off Washington Coast
Coast Guard  MH-60 helicopter file photo WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an ill man off a factory trawler underway 30 miles off the Washington Coast, Friday Night. An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the 24-year-old man and flew him to awaiting emergency medical services, which transported him to Columbia...

Coast Guard, Federal and State partners mitigate pollution in Carteret County, N.C.

Coast Guard, Federal and State partners mitigate pollution in Carteret County, N.C.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brian O’Neil, a marine science technician assigned to Sector Key West, and Brandon Bonner, a wildlife officer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, stand ashore to supervise the process of removing hazardous materials from a nearby vessel that was displaced onto an environmentally-sensitive area, Atlantic Beach, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.  (U.S....

Coast Guard assists NOAA in response to entangled whale near Santa Cruz

Coast Guard assists NOAA in response to entangled whale near Santa Cruz
Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill assists NOAA personnel with the disentanglement of a whale three miles southwest of Santa Cruz, Oct. 15, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard assisted National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel in locating an entangled whale and assisting in its safe disentanglement near Santa Cruz, Monday. NOAA personnel contacted Coast Guard...

Coast Guard, partners assess waterways impacted by Florence

Coast Guard, partners assess waterways impacted by Florence
Coast Guard Cutter Oak File Photo GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Coast Guard Sector North Carolina personnel and other federal partners continue to assess and ensure the safe navigation of North Carolina waterways impacted by Hurricane Florence on Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Army Corps of Engineer teams surveyed 100% of the Cape Fear River up to Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. “NOAA’s...

Grounded vessel near Santa Cruz breaks up spilling estimated 200 gallons of fuel

Grounded vessel near Santa Cruz breaks up spilling estimated 200 gallons of fuel
The 56-foot commercial fishing vessel, Pacific Quest, is shown broken and beached near Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., Aug. 13, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo). SAN FRANCISCO — Responders operating in a unified command completed the removal of diesel fuel Monday evening from the commercial fishing vessel Pacific Quest near Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Approximately...

Unified command established after fishing vessel runs aground near Santa Cruz

Unified command established after fishing vessel runs aground near Santa Cruz
The 56-foot commercial fishing vessel, Pacific Quest, is pictured on the rocks near Natural Bridges State Beach, Calif., Aug. 12, 2018.  (Photo courtesy of Eric Laughlin, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response/released) SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California...

Coast Guard postpones underwater assessment of tanker Coimbra

Coast Guard postpones underwater assessment of tanker Coimbra
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard postponed an underwater assessment of the motor tanker Coimbra till the spring of 2019. The early start of the 2018 hurricane season and activity of Hurricane Chris impacted logistics and raised safety concerns for the operation. “The safety of our personnel is one of our highest concerns in any mission we conduct,” said Capt. Kevin Reed, commander, U.S....