Video – Coast Guard Coordinates Safe Return of Carnival Splendor

SAN DIEGO — Coast Guard efforts culminate in the safe arrival and successful mooring of the Carnival Splendor. As the lead federal agency for the response, the Coast Guard reviewed and approved transit and tow plans and facilitated local, state, and federal efforts to ensure the safe arrival of the passengers and crew.

The Coast Guard responded with a number of assets on scene to enforce a 500-yard safety zone during the Carnival Splendor’s transit into the Port of San Diego. Leading the formation of vessels, the crew of the 41 year-old cutter Morgenthau, which provided a safety and security escort throughout the 200-mile transit, completed its mission after ensuring the cruise ship safely moored to the pier. In addition to the Morgenthau in further supporting today’s mission, the Coast Guard dedicated the cutters Edisto and Petrel, two 33-foot patrol boats, and one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

In total, the Coast Guard responded to the incident with the cutters Morgenthau, Aspen, Edisto, and Petrel, multiple MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, two 33-foot patrol boats and health and food specialists.

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