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US Coast Guard launches new online newsroom

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 06:56

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to launch its new, online digital newsroom, http://www.news.uscg.mil, Thursday afternoon.

The mobile-friendly content management system replaces the service's previous news site, www.uscgnews.com, and offers an email subscription service that delivers both regional and national Coast Guard news.

Users can click here to subscribe to the news delivery service. This new capability will allow users to manage their Coast Guard news preferences through the service's subscription preferences page.

Users currently receiving Coast Guard news via uscgnews.com will continue to receive news releases via email; however, users can opt-out of the emails by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of any Coast Guard email sent from the new system.  

For more information, please contact 202-372-4630.

US Coast Guard launches new online newsroom

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 06:56

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to launch its new, online digital newsroom, http://www.news.uscg.mil, Thursday afternoon.

The mobile-friendly content management system replaces the service's previous news site, www.uscgnews.com, and offers an email subscription service that delivers both regional and national Coast Guard news.

Users can click here to subscribe to the news delivery service. This new capability will allow users to manage their Coast Guard news preferences through the service's subscription preferences page.

Users currently receiving Coast Guard news via uscgnews.com will continue to receive news releases via email; however, users can opt-out of the emails by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of any Coast Guard email sent from the new system.  

For more information, please contact 202-372-4630.

Update: Coast Guard suspends search for person in water near Anini Beach, Kauai

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 21:48

The Coast Guard suspended the active search at sunset, Wednesday, for a reported person in the water near Anini Beach, Kauai.

“Suspending a search is a difficult decision to make, especially when we aren’t able to bring closure to the family,” said Charles Turner, command duty officer of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones effected.”

Responders conducted a total of 25 searches covering 545 square miles over a span of three days.

Involved in the search were:

- MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
- Crew of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316)
- Crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai
- Kauai Fire Department helicopter and Jet Ski crews -Ocean Safety personnel on Jet Skis


Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed call at 6:48 p.m. Monday from Kauai Fire Department stating the woman had been seen swimming when she reportedly became distressed.

Update: Coast Guard suspends search for person in water near Anini Beach, Kauai

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 21:48

The Coast Guard suspended the active search at sunset, Wednesday, for a reported person in the water near Anini Beach, Kauai.

“Suspending a search is a difficult decision to make, especially when we aren’t able to bring closure to the family,” said Charles Turner, command duty officer of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones effected.”

Responders conducted a total of 25 searches covering 545 square miles over a span of three days.

Involved in the search were:

- MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
- Crew of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316)
- Crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai
- Kauai Fire Department helicopter and Jet Ski crews -Ocean Safety personnel on Jet Skis


Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed call at 6:48 p.m. Monday from Kauai Fire Department stating the woman had been seen swimming when she reportedly became distressed.

Feature Release: What’s the frequency, Shuey?

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:33
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Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:33
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto

Update: Coast Guard searches for missing diver near Alligator Reef

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 03:40

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching Tuesday for a diver who was reported missing near Alligator Reef. 

Missing is Rob Stewart, 37, from Toronto, Canada.

At 5:13 p.m., watch standers with the Sector Key West Command Center received a report of a missing diver near Alligator Reef from a crew member aboard the vessel Pisces. Coast Guard watch standers issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, launched a Station Islamorada 33-foot Law Enforcement Special Purpose Craft boat crew, launched an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton.

Assisting with the search are members from the Navy, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast

Photos and video available: Coast Guard rescues diver who left sinking vessel

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:38



MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued a diver Tuesday who left a vessel taking on water one mile east of Dania Beach Pier.

At 12:23 p.m., Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale watch standers received notification from Broward County Sheriff's Office of a vessel in distress near Dania Beach Pier. The watch standers diverted a Station Fort Lauderdale 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew. TowBoatU.S. arrived on scene at 12:34 p.m. and found a 23-foot center console vessel taking on water with three people aboard who reported one person had donned scuba gear and entered the water. The Station Fort Lauderdale boat crew arrived on scene and located the diver.

All four people were transferred to emergency medical services at the 15th St. Pier. No medical concerns were reported.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast

Photos and video available: Coast Guard rescues diver who left sinking vessel

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:38



MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued a diver Tuesday who left a vessel taking on water one mile east of Dania Beach Pier.

At 12:23 p.m., Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale watch standers received notification from Broward County Sheriff's Office of a vessel in distress near Dania Beach Pier. The watch standers diverted a Station Fort Lauderdale 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew. TowBoatU.S. arrived on scene at 12:34 p.m. and found a 23-foot center console vessel taking on water with three people aboard who reported one person had donned scuba gear and entered the water. The Station Fort Lauderdale boat crew arrived on scene and located the diver.

All four people were transferred to emergency medical services at the 15th St. Pier. No medical concerns were reported.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast

Coast Guard searches for missing diver near Alligator Reef

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:30

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching Tuesday for a diver who was reported missing near Alligator Reef. 

At 5:13 p.m., watch standers with the Sector Key West command center received a report of a missing diver near Alligator Reef from a crew member aboard the vessel Pisces. Coast Guard watch standers issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, launched a Station Islamorada 33-foot Law Enforcement Special Purpose Craft boat crew, launched an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton.

Assisting with the search are members from the Navy, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast

Coast Guard, Kauai Fire Department searching for person in water near Anini Beach, Kauai

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:11

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Kauai Fire Department are searching for a reported person in the water near Anini Beach, Kauai, Tuesday.

Missing is a 21-year-old woman last seen wearing a pink top and white bottoms. She is reportedly visiting from Baltimore.

Anyone with information that may help locate the missing swimmer is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and the crew of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316) are currently searching the area. Kauai Fire Department personnel are searching with personnel aboard jet skis and a helicopter. Ocean Safety personnel are searching with a jet ski.

Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed call at 6:48 p.m. Monday from Kauai Fire Department stating the woman had been seen swimming when she reportedly became distressed. She was last seen yelling for help approximately 300 yards from shore. A friend swam out to assist when he too became distressed and required rescue from a good Samaritan and a Kauai Fire Department personnel aboard a jet ski.

On-scene weather conditions are forecast as winds of 12 mph and 6 foot waves.

Coast Guard, Kauai Fire Department searching for person in water near Anini Beach, Kauai

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:11

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Kauai Fire Department are searching for a reported person in the water near Anini Beach, Kauai, Tuesday.

Missing is a 21-year-old woman last seen wearing a pink top and white bottoms. She is reportedly visiting from Baltimore.

Anyone with information that may help locate the missing swimmer is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and the crew of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316) are currently searching the area. Kauai Fire Department personnel are searching with personnel aboard jet skis and a helicopter. Ocean Safety personnel are searching with a jet ski.

Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed call at 6:48 p.m. Monday from Kauai Fire Department stating the woman had been seen swimming when she reportedly became distressed. She was last seen yelling for help approximately 300 yards from shore. A friend swam out to assist when he too became distressed and required rescue from a good Samaritan and a Kauai Fire Department personnel aboard a jet ski.

On-scene weather conditions are forecast as winds of 12 mph and 6 foot waves.

Coast Guard rescues 3 from plane crash in vicinity of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:53

Three people walk away after their Cessna 180 crashed near a ridgeline landing strip in the vicinity of the Chakachatna River in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2017. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk crew transported the three to Anchorage International Airport. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Three survivors aboard a downed Cessna 180 take a photo with the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk crew who rescued them Jan. 30, 2017. The three survivors reported no injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located and rescued three survivors of a plane crash from a ridgeline landing strip in the vicinity of the Chakachatna River, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Monday evening.

The Jayhawk crew landed, brought the three survivors aboard and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Anchorage International Airport. Both passengers and the pilot reported no injuries.

Watchstanders from the 17th Coast Guard District received notification of the crash from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center with a possible, approximate location of the fixed-wing Cessna at approximately 2 p.m. Monday. Watchstanders were told that the plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon and immediately directed the launch of the Jayhawk crew.

Within an hour, the Jayhawk crew arrived to the assumed position and were able to hear the planes Emergency Locator Transmitter over 1215 megahertz radio. The Jayhawk crew used direction-finding equipment and, when in range, saw a flare shot by the pilot of the plane.

“This rescue was possible because of the joint effort put forth between the Coast Guard and Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and because the pilot was prepared with the necessary safety equipment,” said Lt. Joseph Plunkett, pilot aboard the Jayhawk rescue helicopter. “I can’t put enough emphasis on how crucial it is to have safety equipment whenever transiting through Alaska. Alaska is full of remote and often dangerous areas, and in this case, because the pilot was prepared, we were able to rescue the three people and bring them back to their family.”

 

Coast Guard rescues 3 from plane crash in vicinity of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:53

Three people walk away after their Cessna 180 crashed near a ridgeline landing strip in the vicinity of the Chakachatna River in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2017. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk crew transported the three to Anchorage International Airport. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Three survivors aboard a downed Cessna 180 take a photo with the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk crew who rescued them Jan. 30, 2017. The three survivors reported no injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located and rescued three survivors of a plane crash from a ridgeline landing strip in the vicinity of the Chakachatna River, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Monday evening.

The Jayhawk crew landed, brought the three survivors aboard and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Anchorage International Airport. Both passengers and the pilot reported no injuries.

Watchstanders from the 17th Coast Guard District received notification of the crash from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center with a possible, approximate location of the fixed-wing Cessna at approximately 2 p.m. Monday. Watchstanders were told that the plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon and immediately directed the launch of the Jayhawk crew.

Within an hour, the Jayhawk crew arrived to the assumed position and were able to hear the planes Emergency Locator Transmitter over 1215 megahertz radio. The Jayhawk crew used direction-finding equipment and, when in range, saw a flare shot by the pilot of the plane.

“This rescue was possible because of the joint effort put forth between the Coast Guard and Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and because the pilot was prepared with the necessary safety equipment,” said Lt. Joseph Plunkett, pilot aboard the Jayhawk rescue helicopter. “I can’t put enough emphasis on how crucial it is to have safety equipment whenever transiting through Alaska. Alaska is full of remote and often dangerous areas, and in this case, because the pilot was prepared, we were able to rescue the three people and bring them back to their family.”

 

Coast Guard rescues three near Shelter Island

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:26

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from the water near Shelter Island, in San Diego, Monday.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., Monday, a Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91109 33-foot Special Purpose Craft - Law Enforcement boat crew came upon three people in the water who had been involved in a personal watercraft collision, and had been in the water for approximately 30 minutes.

All three people were pulled aboard the MSST's vessel, and one PWC was towed to Harbor Island, in San Diego. The second watercraft was overturned and the owner would attempt recovery.

The overturned PWC was found to have a crack in the hull and the owner was unable to re-right or tow it. The MSST crew placed the PWC into side tow and used a dewatering pump to keep the craft afloat until it was also brought to Harbor Island.

There were no reported injuries, and all three survivors were transported to Harbor Island at approximately 3 p.m.

There was no reported pollution.

Coast Guard rescues three near Shelter Island

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:26

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from the water near Shelter Island, in San Diego, Monday.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., Monday, a Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91109 33-foot Special Purpose Craft - Law Enforcement boat crew came upon three people in the water who had been involved in a personal watercraft collision, and had been in the water for approximately 30 minutes.

All three people were pulled aboard the MSST's vessel, and one PWC was towed to Harbor Island, in San Diego. The second watercraft was overturned and the owner would attempt recovery.

The overturned PWC was found to have a crack in the hull and the owner was unable to re-right or tow it. The MSST crew placed the PWC into side tow and used a dewatering pump to keep the craft afloat until it was also brought to Harbor Island.

There were no reported injuries, and all three survivors were transported to Harbor Island at approximately 3 p.m.

There was no reported pollution.

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