US COAST GUARD
Oil being recovered from spill in Washington state
CNN Video(CNN) - The Washington Department of Ecology tweeted that the agency -- along with the US Coast Guard -- is responding to a crude oil spill in Fidalgo Bay at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery. The spill happened Friday night when a Crowley Maritime barge was transferring 5 million gallons of oil to the refinery. It's not clear how much oil spilled, but the Department of Ecology reports the crude oil sheen on the water covers an area approximately 225 feet by 30 feet. A containment boom is in place and "responders are actively working to recover the spilled material," Shell Puget Sound Refinery said in a news release posted on its website. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Coast Guard searches for two missing boaters
A survivor told rescue crews that after their vessel capsized, he swam for help while the other two boaters stayed with life jackets on. MIAMI - A search is underway for two missing boaters after a storm capsized a vessel off the southeastern coast of Florida on Friday, the US Coast Guard said. He was rescued on Sunday by a good Samaritan vessel near Biscayne Bay, the Coast Guard said, and is receiving medical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The boaters departed from Caribbean Club in Key Largo last Thursday, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard tweeted on Monday that the capsized vessel was found in Haulover Inlet, and the search continues for the missing boaters.
Smoke coming from capsized cargo vessel off Georgia coast
(CNN) - Authorities are trying to determine the source of smoke coming from the hull of the Golden Ray, a cargo ship that capsized more than a month ago off the Georgia coast. Crews monitoring the ship noticed white smoke coming from the Golden Ray just after 8 a.m. Sunday and are working to identify the source of the smoke, US Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes told CNN. Response teams sprayed water onto the vessel to try to contain the smoke. More than 250,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from Golden Ray so far. The Unified Command consists of the US Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems.
Coast Guard seeks information on New England distress call
The agency suspended a search for the four Sunday morning, nearly a day after a man reported their 14-foot boat capsized. The Coast Guard said it searched for 22 hours over 1,500 square nautical miles. Brian Lefebvre, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. The search team included Maine Marine Patrol, Wells Police Department and other local participants, the Coast Guard said. The search was called off at 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard suspends search for man, 3 children
Google MapsKENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (CNN) - The US Coast Guard suspended a search Sunday for a man and three children who went missing after their 14-foot boat capsized off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine. In a mayday call released by the US Coast Guard Northeast Division, the man said the boat flipped over and he and the children were in the water trying to get back to the top of the boat. The Coast Guard received the call around 10 a.m. Saturday and searched for the missing four for about 22 hours, in an area that spanned over 1,500 square nautical miles, according to a USCG release. The search team included Maine Marine Patrol, Wells Police Department and other local participants, the release said. "We utilized every resource at our disposal and applied an extraordinary amount of search effort to locate these boaters.
Commercial boat operators asked to limit cellphone charging
The investigation into the California boat fire continues as the boat is recovered. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The US Coast Guard released a safety bulletin asking the owners and operators of commercial boats to think about limiting the unsupervised charging of cellphones and other electronics that use lithium-ion batteries. National Transportation Safety Board Chariman Robert Sumwalt said Thursday the boat was required to have a roving watch person, but crew members were asleep. The Coast Guard said its safety bulletin contained regulations that would serve as a reminder for the owners and operators of commercial vessels, related to fighting fires, saving lives and providing for escape in case of emergencies. The safety bulletin also recommended boat operators review the crew's emergency duties, ensure logs on emergency drills and equipment maintenance are up to date and make sure emergency escapes are clearly identified.
Capsized cargo ship off Georgia coast hasn't spilled much gas or oil
WJXT via CNN(CNN) - The US Coast Guard thinks the environmental impact from an overturned cargo ship along the Georgia coast is limited so far, Cdr. "We don't have any indications at this point that we have a major release" from the 656-foot Golden Ray that capsized in St. Simons Sound, Witt told reporters. Everyone is safe after rescuers saved the final four men trapped on the ship on Monday. They are also trying to seal fuel vents, where fuel can escape now that the ship is on its side. "We know that there's manatees in the area, there's turtle nesting areas in the area, there's some bird activity in the area.
All four crew members trapped on cargo ship rescued
(CNN) - A fourth crew member who was trapped aboard a cargo ship that capsized off the Georgia coast has been rescued, the US Coast Guard said Monday. (Previous story)Three of the four remaining crew members who were trapped aboard a cargo ship that capsized off the Georgia coast were rescued on Monday, the US Coast Guard said. The rescued crew members were located in one part of the Golden Ray cargo ship. A salvage team made contact Monday morning with the trapped crew members, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Rescuers were dropped off via helicopter and drilled a small hole in the ship to communicate with the crew members, VanderWeit said.
Contact made with crew members on capsized boat off Ga. coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A salvage team made contact Monday morning with the missing crew members of the Golden Ray cargo ship that capsized off the Georgia coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a tweet. A call for helpThe first dispatches from the boat came at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, according to US Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Twenty members of the crew were rescued by the US Coast Guard around 4 and 5 a.m., VanderWeit said. She said the rescued crew members were in good condition. They also offered bibles and promise books to any of the crew members who might want them and they each took one, West said.
Hundreds of stranded Bahamians look for a way out
The UK Ministry of Defence has released aerial images of the damage from Dorian on Great Abaco, in the Bahamas. FREEPORT, Bahamas - Hundreds of people stranded on hurricane-ravaged Abaco in the Bahamas waited Friday for a way off the islands as officials said hundreds, possibly thousands, were still missing and the death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 30. Those who made their way to the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour waited hours for a possible flight out, while others went to the island's main port. "Literally hundreds, up to thousands, of people are still missing," said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country's tourism and aviation ministry. Rescues have concentrated on Bahamas' northern islands as international teams sent small planes and helicopters to reach those stranded and feed the displaced.
Missing Navy boat found a year later, 3,300 miles from home
US Navy boat found in Ireland nearly a year after it went missing during training operations in Norfolk, Virginia. (CNN) - Crew members from a ferry company in Ireland said they made an unexpected discovery with U.S. ties this week when they found a Navy boat floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Intrigued, the ferry company took to social media Tuesday with their discovery. So how did the boat survive over 3,300 miles across the Atlantic Ocean? This is the second time in 15 years that a boat has gone missing at sea, according to Boulay.
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.
2 rescued after plane hits water in California's Half Moon Bay
CNN video(CNN) - A plane went down near northern California's Half Moon Bay on Tuesday afternoon, but the pilot and passenger walked away practically unscathed thanks to some quick thinking and the US Coast Guard. Lesh told KGO-TV that the plane lost power, and he couldn't get the engine running again. The plane floated for about 30 or 40 seconds, he said, during which Lesh and his passenger stood on the wing. The whole incident -- from realizing something was going amiss to hitting the water -- only lasted one or two minutes. "The second pilot's quick response to report the downed plane and remain on scene greatly aided the Coast Guard's prompt response and ability to save two lives," said Lt. Cmdr.
Coast Guard Day is August 4
The Coast Guard is the oldest seagoing branch of the US militaryWhen the Coast Guard was founded in 1790, it was known as the Revenue Marine. Walt Disney designed logos and characters for Coast Guard unitsThe most famous one featuring Donald Duck was for the Corsair Fleet, crews of American civilian sailors who helped the US Coast Guard defend the coast from German U-boats during World War II. The Coast Guard used to be two entitiesThough the Revenue Marine was founded in 1790, it merged with the US Life-Saving Service, which helped shipwrecked mariners, in 1915 when Congress passed the Coast Guard Act. During Hurricane Katrina, the Coast Guard rescued and evacuated 33,000 peopleIt was one of the largest search and rescue responses in Coast Guard history, with the branch preparing personnel and equipment long before the 2005 hurricane made landfall. They also have entire cities dedicated to themThey're called Coast Guard Cities, and the designation is meant to recognize municipalities that support local Coast Guard members by "making special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the Coast Guard men and women assigned to their area," according to the application.
15-year-old oil spill thousand times worse than rig owner's estimate
CNN imageFor 15 years, oil from one particular spill has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. That's about a hundred to a thousand times worse than the company's initial estimate, which put the amount of oil flowing into the ocean at less than three gallons a day. The leak started in 2004, when an oil platform belonging to the Taylor Energy Company was damaged by a mudslide after Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico. But after local activists observed more oil slicks near the site of the Deepwater Horizon Spill in 2010, the Taylor oil spill started getting national attention. Taylor Energy has claimed that intervening further could release more oil and negatively affect the environment.