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**Multimedia** Coast Guard medevacs man 145 miles southwest of Key West

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 19:42

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevacked a 34-year-old man Sunday from the tanker Huemel 145 miles southwest of Key West.

At 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a crewman aboard the tanker Huemel who stated a crew member fell and suffered head and shoulder injuries. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the man, transported him to Air Station Miami and transferred him to awaiting EMS personnel.

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**Multimedia** Coast Guard medevacs man 145 miles southwest of Key West

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 19:42

Editor's note: click for video and high resolution pictures

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevacked a 34-year-old man Sunday from the tanker Huemel 145 miles southwest of Key West.

At 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a crewman aboard the tanker Huemel who stated a crew member fell and suffered head and shoulder injuries. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the man, transported him to Air Station Miami and transferred him to awaiting EMS personnel.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing kayaker off Galveston, Texas

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:11

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew, Galveston police and Galveston Island Beach Patrol are searching for a kayaker reported missing Sunday afternoon and who was last seen 1/2 mile off the west seawall on Galveston Island.

Missing is: Name unknown, hispanic male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, last seen in a green kayak wearing camouflage waders and a life jacket.

At approximately 4 p.m., the Galveston Police Department notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that a kayaker was reported missing as of 1 p.m.

Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to assist in the search. 

If anyone has any information please contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at (281) 464-4854.

Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing kayaker off Galveston, Texas

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:11

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew, Galveston police and Galveston Island Beach Patrol are searching for a kayaker reported missing Sunday afternoon and who was last seen 1/2 mile off the west seawall on Galveston Island.

Missing is: Name unknown, hispanic male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, last seen in a green kayak wearing camouflage waders and a life jacket.

At approximately 4 p.m., the Galveston Police Department notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that a kayaker was reported missing as of 1 p.m.

Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to assist in the search. 

If anyone has any information please contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at (281) 464-4854.

Coast Guard, local agencies search for missing kayaker off Galveston, Texas

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:11

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew, Galveston police and Galveston Island Beach Patrol are searching for a kayaker reported missing Sunday afternoon and who was last seen 1/2 mile off the west seawall on Galveston Island.

Missing is: Name unknown, hispanic male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, last seen in a green kayak wearing camouflage waders and a life jacket.

At approximately 4 p.m., the Galveston Police Department notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that a kayaker was reported missing as of 1 p.m.

Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to assist in the search. 

If anyone has any information please contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at (281) 464-4854.

Coast Guard reminds boaters to take precautions during inclement weather

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 09:38

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued 16 boaters Saturday and reminds boaters to stay safe during inclement weather predicted to impact the west coast of Florida this week.

Due to multiple factors, predominately weather, Coast Guard crews responded to six search-and-rescue calls Saturday saving three lives and assisting 13 more.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for severe weather in the region that may cause tornados, hail, high winds, rough sea conditions, limited visibility, coastal flooding and lightning strikes.

Small craft advisories and gale warnings are in effect for various areas along the coast.

"Due to severe weather impacting our region, it is ill advised to head out on the water," said Richard Hutchinson, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "Your life is too valuable to take the risk and brave these conditions."

Mariners should take proper precautions to ensure their vessels and loose items are properly secured. Unsecured items, such as kayaks, canoes, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and lifejackets can prompt an unnecessary search that puts emergency responders in undue harm. Non-emergency activation of EPIRBs is one of the leading causes of unnecessary searches. EPIRBs can be activated once they hit the water, instantly prompting Coast Guard response.

For more weather information please visit: http://www.weather.gov/tbw/

Coast Guard reminds boaters to take precautions during inclement weather

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 09:38

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued 16 boaters Saturday and reminds boaters to stay safe during inclement weather predicted to impact the west coast of Florida this week.

Due to multiple factors, predominately weather, Coast Guard crews responded to six search-and-rescue calls Saturday saving three lives and assisting 13 more.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for severe weather in the region that may cause tornados, hail, high winds, rough sea conditions, limited visibility, coastal flooding and lightning strikes.

Small craft advisories and gale warnings are in effect for various areas along the coast.

"Due to severe weather impacting our region, it is ill advised to head out on the water," said Richard Hutchinson, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "Your life is too valuable to take the risk and brave these conditions."

Mariners should take proper precautions to ensure their vessels and loose items are properly secured. Unsecured items, such as kayaks, canoes, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and lifejackets can prompt an unnecessary search that puts emergency responders in undue harm. Non-emergency activation of EPIRBs is one of the leading causes of unnecessary searches. EPIRBs can be activated once they hit the water, instantly prompting Coast Guard response.

For more weather information please visit: http://www.weather.gov/tbw/

Coast Guard reminds boaters to take precautions during inclement weather

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 09:38

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued 16 boaters Saturday and reminds boaters to stay safe during inclement weather predicted to impact the west coast of Florida this week.

Due to multiple factors, predominately weather, Coast Guard crews responded to six search-and-rescue calls Saturday saving three lives and assisting 13 more.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for severe weather in the region that may cause tornados, hail, high winds, rough sea conditions, limited visibility, coastal flooding and lightning strikes.

Small craft advisories and gale warnings are in effect for various areas along the coast.

"Due to severe weather impacting our region, it is ill advised to head out on the water," said Richard Hutchinson, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "Your life is too valuable to take the risk and brave these conditions."

Mariners should take proper precautions to ensure their vessels and loose items are properly secured. Unsecured items, such as kayaks, canoes, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and lifejackets can prompt an unnecessary search that puts emergency responders in undue harm. Non-emergency activation of EPIRBs is one of the leading causes of unnecessary searches. EPIRBs can be activated once they hit the water, instantly prompting Coast Guard response.

For more weather information please visit: http://www.weather.gov/tbw/

Coast Guard assists 2 near CBBT in Va.

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:07

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Little Creek assisted two boaters after their vessel ran aground on the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified by the crew of the 36-foot pleasure craft Ugly Duckling, that they had run aground and needed assistance.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Little Creek to assist. Due to deteriorating conditions on scene, the boat crew removed the two people from their vessel and transported them to the Cutty Sark Marina in Little Creek.

There were no reports of injury or pollution. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is investigating the cause of the grounding.

Coast Guard assists 2 near CBBT in Va.

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:07

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Little Creek assisted two boaters after their vessel ran aground on the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified by the crew of the 36-foot pleasure craft Ugly Duckling, that they had run aground and needed assistance.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Little Creek to assist. Due to deteriorating conditions on scene, the boat crew removed the two people from their vessel and transported them to the Cutty Sark Marina in Little Creek.

There were no reports of injury or pollution. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is investigating the cause of the grounding.

Coast Guard assists 2 near CBBT in Va.

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:07

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Little Creek assisted two boaters after their vessel ran aground on the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified by the crew of the 36-foot pleasure craft Ugly Duckling, that they had run aground and needed assistance.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Little Creek to assist. Due to deteriorating conditions on scene, the boat crew removed the two people from their vessel and transported them to the Cutty Sark Marina in Little Creek.

There were no reports of injury or pollution. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is investigating the cause of the grounding.

Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather near Delaware Bay

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:02

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard urges boaters, duck hunters, fishermen and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters of Southern New Jersey and Delaware due to forecasted heavy weather conditions over the next several days. 

Boaters are encouraged to secure their boats and boating equipment.

Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. It may be advisable for smaller boats to be pulled from the water. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed.

Tides are expected to be higher than usual and could cause low-lying coastal areas to flood during periods of high tide. The hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service can be found here

The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:

• Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.

• File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.

• Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.

• Wear a life jacket.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather near Delaware Bay

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:02

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard urges boaters, duck hunters, fishermen and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters of Southern New Jersey and Delaware due to forecasted heavy weather conditions over the next several days. 

Boaters are encouraged to secure their boats and boating equipment.

Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. It may be advisable for smaller boats to be pulled from the water. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed.

Tides are expected to be higher than usual and could cause low-lying coastal areas to flood during periods of high tide. The hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service can be found here

The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:

• Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.

• File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.

• Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.

• Wear a life jacket.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise caution during forecasted heavy weather near Delaware Bay

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:02

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard urges boaters, duck hunters, fishermen and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters of Southern New Jersey and Delaware due to forecasted heavy weather conditions over the next several days. 

Boaters are encouraged to secure their boats and boating equipment.

Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. It may be advisable for smaller boats to be pulled from the water. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed.

Tides are expected to be higher than usual and could cause low-lying coastal areas to flood during periods of high tide. The hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service can be found here

The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant and avoid going near low-lying beaches and other coastal areas including jetties and rocky areas during heavy weather. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person into cold and turbulent waters.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:

• Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.

• File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.

• Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.

• Wear a life jacket.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard reminds mariners, beachgoers of hazardous conditions after 2 people became missing near Pebble Beach

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 22:25

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard reminds mariners of hazardous weather conditions Saturday after two people went missing in the water near Pebble Beach Saturday.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two people that went missing earlier today," said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander.

Coast Guard watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast at 10:00 a.m., and dispatched crews aboard two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Monterey and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco after being notified of two people in the water approximately 75 feet off Pebble Beach. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit personnel were able to rescue a 26-year-old man from the rocks nearby and assisted in the search efforts.

The Coast Guard and Cal Fire searched for the two missing people until 5:38 p.m., where they had to suspend their search efforts due to deteriorating weather and unsafe search conditions.

Weather is expected to worsen until Sunday consisting of 18-to-22 foot seas and winds of 25-to-35 knots. For further information please click here.

The Coast Guard encourages recreational boaters to stay off the water and beachgoers not to enter the water until the weather subsides.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:
* Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.
* File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.
* Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.
* Wear a life jacket.
* Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
* Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

Coast Guard reminds mariners, beachgoers of hazardous conditions after 2 people became missing near Pebble Beach

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 22:25

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard reminds mariners of hazardous weather conditions Saturday after two people went missing in the water near Pebble Beach Saturday.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two people that went missing earlier today," said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander.

Coast Guard watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast at 10:00 a.m., and dispatched crews aboard two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Monterey and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco after being notified of two people in the water approximately 75 feet off Pebble Beach. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit personnel were able to rescue a 26-year-old man from the rocks nearby and assisted in the search efforts.

The Coast Guard and Cal Fire searched for the two missing people until 5:38 p.m., where they had to suspend their search efforts due to deteriorating weather and unsafe search conditions.

Weather is expected to worsen until Sunday consisting of 18-to-22 foot seas and winds of 25-to-35 knots. For further information please click here.

The Coast Guard encourages recreational boaters to stay off the water and beachgoers not to enter the water until the weather subsides.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:
* Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.
* File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.
* Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.
* Wear a life jacket.
* Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
* Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

Coast Guard reminds mariners, beachgoers of hazardous conditions after 2 people became missing near Pebble Beach

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 22:25

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard reminds mariners of hazardous weather conditions Saturday after two people went missing in the water near Pebble Beach Saturday.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two people that went missing earlier today," said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander.

Coast Guard watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast at 10:00 a.m., and dispatched crews aboard two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Monterey and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco after being notified of two people in the water approximately 75 feet off Pebble Beach. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit personnel were able to rescue a 26-year-old man from the rocks nearby and assisted in the search efforts.

The Coast Guard and Cal Fire searched for the two missing people until 5:38 p.m., where they had to suspend their search efforts due to deteriorating weather and unsafe search conditions.

Weather is expected to worsen until Sunday consisting of 18-to-22 foot seas and winds of 25-to-35 knots. For further information please click here.

The Coast Guard encourages recreational boaters to stay off the water and beachgoers not to enter the water until the weather subsides.

The Coast Guard also recommends that mariners always:
* Stay informed and aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.
* File a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes information about the boat, the number of passengers aboard, the destination of where the vessel will be operating and an expected time of return.
* Have a working marine-band radio and use VHF-FM channel 16 in the event of an emergency.
* Wear a life jacket.
* Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
* Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

Coast Guard no longer enforcing security zones established for 58th presidential inauguration

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:40

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is no longer enforcing the temporary security zones established in designated waters of the National Capital Region for the 58th Presidential Inauguration that were implemented January 15.

During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zone was prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Maryland-National Capital Region.

Boaters are always encouraged to report suspicious activity on or near the water to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region by calling 410-576-2693.

For information regarding the security zones, please visit http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912114/ .

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard no longer enforcing security zones established for 58th presidential inauguration

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:40

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is no longer enforcing the temporary security zones established in designated waters of the National Capital Region for the 58th Presidential Inauguration that were implemented January 15.

During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zone was prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Maryland-National Capital Region.

Boaters are always encouraged to report suspicious activity on or near the water to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region by calling 410-576-2693.

For information regarding the security zones, please visit http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912114/ .

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

Coast Guard no longer enforcing security zones established for 58th presidential inauguration

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:40

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is no longer enforcing the temporary security zones established in designated waters of the National Capital Region for the 58th Presidential Inauguration that were implemented January 15.

During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zone was prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Maryland-National Capital Region.

Boaters are always encouraged to report suspicious activity on or near the water to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region by calling 410-576-2693.

For information regarding the security zones, please visit http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912114/ .

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

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