Coast Guard cutter to deliver humanitarian relief aid to Haiti

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is scheduled to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to Port au Prince, Haiti, Tuesday after Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike severely flooded portions of the island. The 6,000 pounds of supplies were donated to Food for the Poor Inc., an international aid agency based in Florida. Supplies include hygiene items, food, water, bed linens and...

Coast Guard suspends search for reported swimmer in distress off of Ocean City, Md.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard suspended its search this afternoon for a reported swimmer in distress off of Ocean City, Md. A woman at an oceanfront hotel reported seeing a white male in distress 50 yards offshore at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday and called 911. The Coast Guard responded by launching a 47-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Ocean City and a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter...

U.S. Coast Guard transports relief supplies to Gonaives, Haiti

GONAIVES, HAITI. – The U.S. Coast Guard transported relief supplies Friday and Saturday to residents suffering in Gonaives, Haiti due to flooding from Tropical Storm Hanna. Tropical Storm Hanna caused significant flooding in Gonaives Monday and Tuesday when it passed through the region. Friday, crews aboard two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., picked up...

Coast Guard urges caution on the water following Tropical Storm Hanna

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard strongly urges boaters and surfers to exercise extreme caution returning to the water in the days following Tropical Storm Hanna’s landfall. Even without the strong winds associated with the storm, maritime conditions may remain dangerous. Strong rip tides may still be present along beaches, and the potential exists for minor flooding in bays, sounds and...

Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown open to maritime traffic

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Based on preliminary survey reports and in consultation with the bar pilots, the Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown are open to commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Mariners should not rely solely on channel markers and Aids to Navigation as they may have moved during the course of Tropical Storm Hanna. Mariners should also be cautious of any debris in the...

Coast Guard lifts port conditions in Savannah and Brunswick following Tropical Storm Hanna

SAVANNAH, Ga., – The Captain of the Port for Savannah and Brunswick established port readiness condition four at 7 a.m. Saturday for coastal Georgia due to the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna. The Captain of the Port of Savannah and Brunswick removed all hurricane readiness conditions that were imposed in advance of Tropical Storm Hanna. With the return to port condition four in Savannah and...

Overdue kite-surfer returns safe near Harkers Island, N.C.

Portsmouth, Va. – An overdue kite-surfer that the Coast Guard was searching for this evening near Cape Lookout, N.C., returned to Harkers Island, N.C., under his own power. Frank Mueller, a 31-year-old male, became separated from a companion today while kite-surfing between Harkers Island and Cape Lookout. The friend reported Mueller overdue when he did not return by 5:30 p.m. Mueller made it...

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Port of Hampton Roads

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads has set Port Condition Yankee in preparation for Tropical Storm Hanna. This encompasses the Ports of Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va., the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and all navigable inlets and waterways. As Tropical Storm Hanna approaches, the Coast Guard urges people to follow these safety precautions: googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Charleston-based Coast Guard braces for Tropical Storm Hanna

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Captain of the Port for Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown, S.C., has established port readiness condition Zulu at 9 a.m., Friday, for coastal South Carolina due to the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hanna. The Ports of Charleston, Port Royal and Georgetown are closed to all inbound vessel traffic immediately while in this port condition; however, cruise ship...