Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A local Coast Guard crew is scheduled to return to Alameda after they seized more than $183 million worth of illegal narcotics during a 140-day deployment Monday at 8 a.m. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf was deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South counter-drug operations. During...

Missing boaters found, rescued off Honduran coast

Missing boaters found, rescued off Honduran coast
MIAMI — Nine boaters who have been missing since Saturday have been rescued after being found by a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, about 55 miles northwest of their intended destination in Utila, Honduras. The boaters were spotted by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., aircrew who directed an Army UH-60 helicopter crew to hoist the survivors. The...

Coast Guard searching for 8 boaters off the coast of Honduras

Coast Guard searching for 8 boaters off the coast of Honduras
MIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for eight people including five Honduran citizens, one Canadian citizen and two U.S. citizens, reported overdue aboard a 28-foot 100 horsepower outboard engine pleasure craft with a white hull and top. Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami received a report of a center-console motor vessel that departed the west end of Roatan, Honduras...

Record breaking month for drug seizures

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard and partner agencies seized 11,300 pounds of marijuana before it reached U.S. shores in May, breaking a single-month record set a decade ago. “The Coast Guard and our interagency partners have already interdicted more marijuana near the U.S. maritime border with Mexico in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2012 than it did in all of 2011,” said Coast Guard...

Coast Guard 5th District to hold change of command ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti will assume command of the Coast Guard’s 5th District during a change of command ceremony Wednesday, at 2 p.m., at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, here. Ratti will relieve Rear Adm. William D. Lee, who has served as the 5th District’s commander since June 2010. As commander of the 5th District, Ratti will oversee operations in navigable waters from...