Coast Guard responds to over 700 false alerts in 2018

Coast Guard responds to over 700 false alerts in 2018
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon file photo. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the Coast Guard is urging anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device. An EPIRB is a device that transmits a distress signal to a satellite system called Cospas-Sarsat. The satellites relay the signal to a network of ground units...

Coast Guard launches NOAA weather buoy at Entrance to Prince William Sound

Coast Guard launches NOAA weather buoy at Entrance to Prince William Sound
The crew on the buoy deck of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore prepares to hoist the anchor of a weather buoy near the Hinchinbrook Entrance to Prince William Sound, Alaska, Dec. 10, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Nate Littlejohn By PA1 Nate Littlejohn Smashing through 15-foot swells on a dark December morning, the crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore steamed toward the Hinchinbrook Entrance...

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...

Rescuers continue search for missing orca J50

Rescuers continue search for missing orca J50
SEATTLE – Coast Guard personnel are assisting members of NOAA’s Fisheries Service in the search for the missing Southern Resident killer whale, J50. An intense search effort was launched Thursday in which a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, several NOAA researchers in separate boats and multiple whale watching vessels and organizations searched for the 31/2-year-old...

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...

Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot

Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up on a consolidated publication that will help mariners save time and money. The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) and the Inland Navigation...

Coast Guard issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain

Coast Guard issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard boarding team issued fishing and safety violations Thursday to a vessel 19 miles east of Cape Romain, South Carolina. The 44-foot fishing vessel The Long Line was found actively laying and retrieving fishing pots in a prohibited area. The Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant noticed The Long Line crew setting their pods Wednesday night and later retrieving the pods Thursday...

NOAA locates F/V Destination wreckage, Coast Guard hearing set for August

NOAA locates F/V Destination wreckage, Coast Guard hearing set for August
Washington, DC – Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing fishing vessel Destination at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for Opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska. NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel,...