Stuck container ship in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated
A container ship the length of more than three football fields has finally been pried from the muddy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay more than a month after it ran aground. After two unsuccessful attempts to dislodge it, and the subsequent removal of roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying, the Ever Forward was refloated just before 7 a.m. Sunday by two barges and five tugboats. A full moon and high spring tide helped provide a lift to the salvage vessels as they pulled and pushed the massive ship from the mud, across a dredged hole and back into the shipping channel.news.yahoo.com
Girl, 7, taken by helicopter from Carnival ship to St. Petersburg hospital
CLEARWATER — A Coast Guard helicopter successfully evacuated a 7-year-old girl from a cruise ship 264 miles southwest of Clearwater on Sunday, the agency says. The girl and her father were flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Her condition was not released Monday. A crew member aboard the cruise ship Carnival Dream alerted the Coast Guard that a girl onboard was in ...news.yahoo.com
Venezuelan baby killed in mother’s arms as Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard fires at migrant boat
The fatal shooting took place as Coast Guard officers tried to stop a boat crossing the Venezuelan border into Trinidad and Tobago, in what the island nation’s officials described as an act of self-defense.washingtonpost.com
United States Settles Clean Water Act Claims Against Fishing Companies, Manager and Vessel Chief Engineer for Violations in American Samoa
Fisheries Inc., the companies’ manager, and the chief engineer of the commercial fishing vessel Capt. The companies and their manager have also agreed to perform corrective measures to prevent future Clean Water Act violations. The United States alleges in the complaint that, on April 20, 2018, the defendants discharged oil and oily mixtures from the fishing vessel Capt. “The Department of Justice commends the Coast Guard for the investigation that revealed these violations and allowed these polluters to be held accountable.”“Being a steward to our environment is everyone’s responsibility,” said Captain Arex Avanni, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Captain of the Port of Coast Guard District 14. Under the Act, the Coast Guard also has promulgated spill prevention and pollution control regulations for vessels and other facilities.justice.gov
China coast guard uses water cannon against Philippine boats
The Philippines says Chinese coast guard ships have blocked and sprayed a powerful stream of water at two of its ships carrying supplies to troops at a disputed South China Sea shoal, prompting Manila to warn Beijing that the vessels are covered by a mutual defense treaty with the United States.
4 people killed in plane crash on Michigan’s Beaver Island
Four of five people on a commuter plane died Saturday afternoon when it crashed on an island in Lake Michigan, authorities said. The plane went down at an airport on Beaver Island, located west of Mackinaw City, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office. The identities of the people on the plane weren’t immediately released, and there was no initial indication of the circumstances surrounding the crash.news.yahoo.com
Georgia shipwreck's last giant chunk removed from water
The final giant chunk of an overturned cargo ship was removed from waters along the coast of Georgia on Monday, almost a year after demolition began on the wreck that tipped over with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks. Weighing more than 4,000 metric tons (4,410 U.S. tons), the eighth and last section of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray left the wreck site off St. Simons Island after a crane lowered it onto a big barge outfitted with a special cradle to hold the wreckage. “This is the end of the wreck removal phase," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, a spokesman for the multiagency command in charge of the demolition.news.yahoo.com
VIDEO: Sunk! Plot To Smuggle 2 Tons Of Cocaine By Mini-Submarine
By Joseph GolderThe Costa Rican Coast Guard seized a submarine carrying nearly 4,000 pounds of cocaine and arrested three crew members with drug trafficking. The Costa Rican Coast Guard said it seized 1,788 packets of cocaine onboard the semi-submersible, each weighing around 2.2 pounds. (Ministry of Public Security of Costa Rica/Zenger)Two of the arrested crew members were Colombian nationals and the third was Ecuadorian. The Costa Rican authorities identified the suspects operating the narco submarine as Montano, Colombian, 46, Mina, Colombian, 30; and Vargas, Ecuadorian, 27. (Ministry of Public Security of Costa Rica/Zenger)Costa Rican security forces also carried out two seizures on March 16 and 18, 2021, seizing 3.2 tons of cocaine in the Limón province, on the Caribbean coast, according to the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security.thewestsidegazette.com
Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline
Investigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. A team of federal investigators trying to chase down the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after the massive ship arrived this weekend off the Port of Long Beach, the same area where the leak was discovered in early October. During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch (40-centimeter) steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear
The wreck of a storied military ship that served in two World Wars, performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades, and at one point was captained by the first Black man to command a U.S. government vessel has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. A wreck thought to be the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, which sank in 1963 about 260 miles east of Boston as it was being towed to Philadelphia, where it was going to be converted into a floating restaurant, was located in 2019. “At the time of the loss of Bear, it was already recognized as a historic ship," said Joe Hoyt, of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.news.yahoo.com
NTSB: Broadcasting only boat size led to fatal towboat crash
A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank after the collision with the Cooperative Spirit about 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2020. Its pilot, captain and one of two crewmen were never found. A second crewman was rescued.news.yahoo.com
4 civilians home safe after SpaceX mission Inspiration4 splashes down off Florida coast
A few dozen sunrises were enough for the crew of Inspiration4, which returned to Earth nearly three days after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center becoming the first all-civilian crew to launch into orbit.sun-sentinel.com
2 people from capsized boat rescued out of Biscayne Bay
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Two people from a capsized boat were rescued early Thursday morning from Biscayne Bay and brought to No Name Harbor. They were floating in the water for quite some time, though it’s not confirmed how long. Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue received a call at about 4:30 a.m. of a hazardous situation involving two people in the water. Coast Guard officials say the two people were rescued from a 17-foot boat that capsized after a good Samaritan found them floating. One was seen by Local 10 News cameras being brought in on a stretcher.
Captain pleads not guilty to manslaughter in boat fire
The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people below deck, has pleaded not guilty to federal manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan surrendered Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, and was arraigned in Los Angeles federal court on 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)LOS ANGELES – The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan was arraigned in federal court in Los Angeles on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. Truth Aquatics has sued in federal court under a provision in maritime law to avoid payouts to the families of the victims.
Search for man continues in Mashta Flats area after boaters crash off Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – The search for a 33-year-old man continued on Tuesday in Biscayne Bay. He vanished after two Open Fisherman, a 19-foot boat and a 21-foot boat, collided on Monday evening off Key Biscayne. The man who vanished was in the Open Fisherman that was carrying seven people when it capsized after the collision near the Bear Cut Bridge, which connects Virginia Key with Key Biscayne. Two Open Fisherman boats collided on Monday evening off Key Biscayne. This is a photo of the man who was involved in a Monday night boat collision off Key Biscayne.
Coast Guard called after snorkeler unresponsive on dive boat
The Coast Guard was called after a report of an unconscious and unresponsive snorkeler aboard the commercial dive boat, Lost Continent. The Coast Guard boat crew vessel escorted the Lost Continent to Casa Mar Village near Tavernier Creek. A Coast Guard Station Islamorada small boat crew transfers an unconscious snorkeler to awaiting EMS near Tavernier Creek, Florida, Nov. 15, 2020. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification from the Lost Continent crew, reporting a snorkeler unconscious and unresponsive. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wilfredo Lugo) (Coast Guard)The Coast Guard did not release the name of the man or what caused him to become unconscious.
California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34
The NTSB also faulted the Coast Guard for not enforcing that requirement and recommended it develop a program to ensure boats with overnight passengers actually have the watchman. Last year’s tragedy during a Labor Day weekend scuba diving excursion near Santa Cruz Island off Santa Barbara prompted criminal and safety investigations. Before the disaster, Boylan and Truth Aquatics enjoyed a good reputation with customers and the Santa Barbara boating community. Attorneys for Boylan and Truth Aquatics did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The families of 32 victims have filed claims against the boat owners, Glen and Dana Fritzler, and Truth Aquatics.
Marine general has COVID after Pentagon meeting
Ray attended the Joint Chiefs meeting Friday in the so-called Tank — the classified meeting room in the Pentagon. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call.”The news of the positive tests has stunned officials at the Pentagon. Overall, more than 47,000 service members have tested positive for the virus, as of Monday; 625 have been hospitalized and eight have died. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days.
Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive
The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)WASHINGTON – The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days. Some stayed home after having been exposed to the virus and other military leaders have self-quarantined for a short time after returning from travel.
Coast Guard rescues pregnant woman from cruise ship
The Coast Guard rescued a 40-year-old pregnant woman from the MSC Seaside cruise ship west of Ocean Cay. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the woman from the ship and brought her to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. The woman was experiencing pregnancy complications, according to the Coast Guard.
Authorities locate missing boater in Martin County
Published: January 8, 2020, 10:10 am Updated: January 8, 2020, 11:07 amMARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities have located a missing boater Wednesday morning in Martin County.. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that Justin Skiff, 29, was fishing offshore in a 14-foot aluminum boat Tuesday morning but never returned. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Coast Guard assisted in the search for Skiff, with members of the Coast Guard ultimately finding him. Authorities said Skiff was said to be safe. No other details were immediately released.
Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters
KEY WEST, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing boaters whose boat capsized during a storm off the Florida Keys. A Coast Guard news release said the search for Luis Engrova, 38, and Ylianet Ibanez, 26, was suspended Wednesday after a search that spanned more than 10,000 square miles. The boaters left from the Caribbean Club in Key Largo on Thursday and were reported missing Sunday afternoon. Later that night, the Coast Guard was notified that a good Samaritan had rescued a man from Biscayne Bay near Miami. "The Coast Guard's search and rescue mission is one we take very personally, and making the decision to suspend is never easy," Christopher Eddy, search and rescue coordinator for the Coast Guard's 7th District, said.
Coast Guard arrested boat driver for operating under the influence
MIAMI - The Coast Guard stopped a 26-foot vessel with seven passengers onboard because the operator of the boat was allegedly under the influence Saturday, according to the Coast GuardThe Fort Lauderdale crew observed the vessel operating erratically, and they conducted a sobriety test on the operator of the boat, according to authorities. They said the vessel was near Dania Beach. "The Coast Guard reminds boaters of the dangers of boating under the influence. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation agents arrested the operator of the boat after positive results for operating under the influence. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Coast Guard captures 'narco sub' carrying $165M in cocaine
(CNN) - The Coast Guard cutter Valiant seized a 'narco sub' carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $165 million, according to a news release. Members of the Valiant's crew intercepted the boat with the assistance of Colombian naval assets, took control of it and apprehended four smugglers. The Coast Guard offloaded over 1,000 pounds of cocaine but had to leave the rest due to the questionable stability of the vessel. "There are no words to describe the feeling the Valiant crew is experiencing right now," said Cmdr. Within the last week, the Southeast Coast Guard has reported seizing over 13,000 pounds of cocaine from smugglers.
Florida-based Coast Guard busts narco sub carrying $165M in cocaine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida-based Coast Guard crew took down a narco-submarine carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million, and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific. The drug-laden, 40-foot self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) was originally detected and monitored by maritime patrol aircraft. "There are no words to describe the feeling Valiant crew is experiencing right now," said Cmdr. The #Florida @USCG Cutter Valiant took down a narco sub carrying 12k lbs of cocaine in the #EasternPacific, cutting approximately $165 mil from smuggler pockets. More info and photos here: https://t.co/mSb28nTIzF pic.twitter.com/hS5kRVtV3f USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) September 24, 2019Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Last missing victim from California dive boat fire has been located
The 75-foot commercial diving boat, called the Conception, caught fire Labor Day off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in Southern California. (CNN) - The last missing victim of the Conception dive boat fire in California was located Wednesday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. "The Conception Incident Unified Command is relieved to report that search and recovery efforts today were successful in locating the last missing victim," a tweet from the sheriff's office said. The 75-foot dive boat sank off the Southern California coast on Labor Day following a fire that claimed the lives of 34 people on board. Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire aboard the dive boat, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said this week, noting the boat has not even been brought to the surface.
Boat that was once Coast Guard cutter heads to Bahamas packed with supplies
MIAMI - Stocked full of emergency supplies, a former Coast Guard cutter is bound for the hardest-hit areas of the Bahamas. In the engine room, it looks like there are walls of bottled water, food and supplies. On the bridge, there are boxes of medical supplies. In other areas there are other wanted items, such as pet food and supplies. "Our main mission at this stage is relief as soon as possible, so all the medical [supplies] and that sort of stuff," said Capt.
Hundreds of Bahamians told to get off ferry headed to US
NASSAU, Bahamas - Hurricane Dorian may have long since left the Bahamas, but the islands have only begun to grapple with the grim aftermath. Hundreds are still missing, nearly 70,000 have been left homeless by the disaster and hundreds more are desperately looking for a way out. Entin told CNN he was on a Balearia ferry from Freeport to Fort Lauderdale when the announcement was made Sunday. One woman told Entin that as many as 130 people left the ferry after the announcement. The public should prepare for "unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering," Health Minister Duane Sands told Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.
US flag still flying at former Coast Guard station after Dorian
The American flag flying on a former Coast Guard light station off the coast of North Carolina has made it through Hurricane Dorian. (CNN) - The American flag flying on a former Coast Guard light station off the coast of North Carolina has made it through Hurricane Dorian. Live video from the Frying Pan Tower shows that the flag is torn but is still fluttering proudly. The tower is 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina and Hurricane Dorian passed over the area before making landfall on Friday at Cape Hatteras. At one point, about 20 Coast Guard cadets lived on the tower, but it was automated in 1979 and GPS navigation has since made it obsolete.
Light station sits in Hurricane Dorian's path, 34 miles off N.C. coast
A former Coast Guard light station off the coast of North Carolina is offering a unique view of Hurricane Dorian's power as the storm moves slowly northeast. SOUTHPORT, N.C. - A former Coast Guard light station off the coast of North Carolina is offering a unique view of Hurricane Dorian's power as the storm moves slowly northeast. The Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles offshore in the Atlantic, is right in the storm's path. Track Hurricane DorianA camera on the tower's helipad, some 85 feet above the ocean, is sending live video as the storm approaches. For years, about 20 Coast Guard cadets lived on the station full time.
Captain of Conception's sister ship stands up for colleagues
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The captain of the sister ship to the one that caught fire off the coast of Santa Barbara, killing at least 25, is sticking up for its crew. Ian Higgins is the captain of the Vision, a sister ship nearly identical to the Conception, which caught fire near Santa Cruz island Monday morning. "That vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard annually and also every five years for a more complete inspection," said Higgins, who works for Truth Aquatics. RELATED: 20 bodies recovered from boat fire off coast of Southern California, officials sayRecords show the Conception had no issues after a Coast Guard inspection in February. He said passengers are given safety briefings the morning after they get on the ship.
Report: 4 bodies found near dive boat that caught fire
(CNN) - The U.S. Coast Guard said four bodies have been recovered near a dive boat that caught fire off the California coast, The Associated Press reported Monday. Rescuers were able to save the five crew members, who were awake in the main cabin and jumped off of the boat, Coast Guard Capt. The passengers were below deck in the berthing area that's primarily used for sleeping, the Coast Guard's Aaron Bemis told CNN. Good Samaritans rescued the crew members and took them aboard, the Coast Guard said. The boat is about 20 miles off the mainland coast, near Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park.