UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search efforts for missing boat fire victim near Carlsbad

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Coast Guard suspends search efforts for missing boat fire victim near Carlsbad

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SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard crews suspended their search efforts Friday for a missing Carlsbad boat fire victim at approximately 8 a.m.

Missing is the owner and resident of the Relentless, a 50-foot boat that caught fire Thursday morning.

Coast Guard and local partner agency crews searched over the course of 21 hours, covering more than 600 square miles.

On Thursday, Coast Guard watchstanders dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutters Munro, Benjamin Bottoms and Haddock. The Coast Guard cutters arrived on scene and worked together to extinguish the boat fire while the Jayhawk helicopter crew searched for survivors. The boat sustained significant damage and eventually sank in approximately 1,800 feet of water. 

Coast Guard Cutter Haddock crewmembers remained on scene throughout the night and a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted a first-light search Friday morning for approximately an hour. 

“This morning I made the decision to suspend the active search for survivors, which is always an extremely difficult one to make,” said Cmdr. Joseph Parker, the Sector San Diego deputy commander. “The Coast Guard and our partners extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, who remain in our thoughts and prayers. I am indebted to our Coast Guard crews and mission partners; Oceanside Police Department and Encinitas Lifeguards, who always put forward maximum effort to save lives at sea.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Sector San Diego
  • Coast Guard Cutter Munro
  • Coast Guard Cutter Haddock
  • Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Bottoms
  • Encinitas Lifeguards
  • Oceanside Harbor Master
  • Oceanside Police Harbor Unit

The case is suspended pending further information.

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Coast Guard icebreaker departs for months-long Arctic deployment, circumnavigation of North America

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Coast Guard icebreaker departs for months-long Arctic deployment, circumnavigation

of North America

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) departed Seattle on Saturday, July 10, for a months-long Arctic deployment and circumnavigation of North America.

 

The crew aboard Healy, a 420’ medium icebreaker, will provide U.S. surface presence in the Arctic, conduct high latitude science and research missions, engage in exercises and professional exchanges with foreign navies and patrols, and conduct other operations as directed throughout the deployment.

 

Healy is scheduled to circumnavigate North America via the Northwest Passage and the Panama Canal.  Healy’s deployment supports the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy while providing critical training opportunities for Polar sailors and future operations in the Arctic.

 

The crew will promote U.S. interests along the U.S. and Russia maritime boundary line.

 

“Healy’s deployment provides opportunities to deepen the Coast Guard’s cooperation and commitment with our Arctic allies and partners and to support scientific exploration to increase understanding of the changing Arctic environment and associated impacts,” said Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Adm. Michael McAllister.

 

The Healy deploys annually to the Arctic to support multiple science missions and Operation Arctic Shield, the service’s annual operation to execute U.S. Coast Guard missions, enhance maritime domain awareness, strengthen partnerships, and build preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities across the Arctic domain.

 

Commissioned in 1999, Healy is one of two active Polar icebreakers in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) is a heavy Polar icebreaker commissioned in 1976.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard is recapitalizing its Polar icebreaker fleet to ensure continued access to the polar regions and to protect the country’s economic, commercial, environmental, and national security interests.  The Polar Security Cutter is still in the design phase, and Halter Marine is working toward completing the necessary work to begin construction on this incredibly complex, state-of-the-art icebreaker. The contract delivery date for the first Polar Security Cutter is 2024.

 

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Coast Guard, good Samaritan assist 8 people aboard vessel taking on water offshore Port Aransas, Texas

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Coast Guard, good Samaritan assist 8 people aboard vessel taking on water offshore Port Aransas, Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan assisted eight people aboard a vessel taking on water 22 miles southeast of Port Aransas, Texas, Friday.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 from boaters aboard a 35-foot pleasure craft stating they were taking on water and having trouble keeping up with the flooding.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which prompted a nearby good Samaritan to respond. A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew diverted from training and arrived on scene to provide air support. A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response BoatMedium crew also launched to respond.

The boat crew arrived on scene and transferred a crew member and dewatering pump to the flooded pleasure craft. Once all flooding was secured and the vessel was stable, the RB-M crew escorted the boaters back to the Port Aransas jetties. 

“Having a VHF-FM marine radio on board not only enabled these boaters to call the Coast Guard for help, but alerted a nearby good Samaritan to their predicament,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Cindy Taylor, search and rescue controller for the case. “That’s why we recommend all mariners keep a working marine radio on board their vessels. They’re one of the most reliable and useful pieces of equipment you can have on your boat.” 

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Coast Guard rescues 5 boaters 44 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida

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Coast Guard rescues 5 boaters 44 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued five boaters Friday approximately 44 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report at 2:08 p.m. of a disabled 38-foot vessel taking on water with five people onboard preparing to abandon ship.

A Coast Guard Station Pensacola boat crew arrived on-scene and safely recovered all five boaters. The boaters required no further medical attention and were transferred to their awaiting families at Station Pensacola.

“Let this be a reminder to all boaters the importance of having a radio on your boat.” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Miller, search and rescue mission coordinator  “The boater’s radio onboard was influential in their rescue. They were able to hail us on emergency channel 16 and inform us of their location.”

Involved in the rescue were:

  • Coast Guard Station Pensacola
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile
  • Air Force Rescue Coordination Center

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Coast Guard rescues woman swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet, Virginia

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                      Coast Guard rescues woman swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet, Virginia

 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old woman after she was swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet on Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received notification from Accomack County dispatch.

The woman’s husband called 911 after witnessing her get swept out to sea.

Coast Guard Sector Virginia dispatched a 24-foot Special Purpose Watercraft boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City to search for the woman. 

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also conducted search efforts.

The woman was located by the Station Wachapreague boatcrew 1 mile off Metompkin Inlet clinging to a boogie board.

Station Wachapreague transported the woman to Folly Creek Boat Ramp.

“Through rapid coordination efforts of the command center watchstanders and partner agencies, we were able to conduct an effective rescue and safely bring the survivor back to shore,” said Lt. Steven Pope, Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Sector Virginia. “This is another example of an efficient and rapid response effort as well as interagency coordination.”

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Video Available: Coast Guard rescues 3 mariners 20 miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Video Available: Coast Guard rescues 3 mariners 20 miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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BOSTON — The Coast Guard successfully rescued three mariners 20 nautical miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Friday evening.

At 4:21 p.m., Coast Guard First District watchstanders received notification on 406 MHZ from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon registered to the 42-foot sailing vessel Triad.

The Coast Guard launched a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Portsmouth Harbor.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and located the vessel with three people waving and clinging to its hull.

“A vessel is significantly easier to spot in the ocean than a person,” said Lt. Robert Turley, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, Air Station Cape Cod. “Mariners who stay with their vessel help take some of the search out of ‘search and rescue’ and this undoubtedly contributed to the success of this case.”

All three mariners were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Pease Air National Guard Base where emergency medical services personnel were waiting. 

No injuries were reported.

The vessel is marked and there is a Special Marine Information Broadcast to notify mariners in the area of the hazard to navigation.

The vessel owner is working with commercial salvage.

Weather on scene was 20 mph winds and 5-foot seas.

 

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PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence holds change-of-command ceremony in Pensacola, Florida

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Coast Guard Cutter Diligence holds change-of-command ceremony in Pensacola, Florida

 

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NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard Cutter Diligence held a change-of-command ceremony Friday in Pensacola, Florida. 

Cmdr. Luke Slivinski transfered command of cutter Diligence to Cmdr. Jared Trusz.

Diligence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pensacola with 75 crewmembers  The cutter’s primary missions are counter drug operations, migrant interdiction, enforcing federal fishery laws, and search and rescue in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Trusz reported to Diligence with experience on four different cutters and has served in the Coast Guard for nearly 20 years.

“It is an honor and privilege to assume command of Diligence.” said Trusz.”The crew is well-trained, highly-adaptive, and excelled under the leadership of commander Slivinski.”

Slivinski originally took command of Diligence in August 2019 and oversaw five patrols in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Ocean, relocated homeports, and managed unit readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I will miss the operations, the crew camaraderie, the constant and consistent progress, the adventure, overcoming challenges and experiencing the always beautiful but frequently unforgiving sea.” said Slivinski.

A change-of-command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

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Coast Guard ends search for missing woman in Boston Harbor

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Coast Guard ends search for missing woman in Boston Harbor

BOSTON — The Coast Guard closed its case Saturday afternoon for an adult woman who was involved in a boating accident in Boston Harbor.

 

The Coast Guard began its search in the vicinity of Castle Island and searched for approximately 13 total hours.

 

A body matching the description of the missing woman was discovered by the Massachusetts State Police Saturday shortly after 10 a.m. off of Castle Island.

 

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders were notified just after 3 a.m., Saturday, of a center console vessel with eight people aboard colliding with a day board marker, sending all eight people into the water. Seven people were recovered by multiple local agencies and brought to various local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries.

 

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Boston to assist in the search.

“Through this cooperation, seven individuals were rescued, and my condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim,” said Capt. Kailie Benson, commander, Sector Boston. “We are grateful for the quick actions of Boston’s mariners, alongside state, local, and federal agencies.  I would like to take this moment to remind everyone to practice safe boating by wearing life jackets, operating at a safe speed, and considering the risk posed by the environment when taking to the water.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod
  • Coast Guard Station Boston
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police
  • Massport Fire Department
  • Boston Fire Department
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston EMS

 

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Coast Guard, good Samaritan conducts medevac approximately 2 miles from Tolchester Beach, Maryland

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Coast Guard, good Samaritan conducts medevac approximately 2 miles from Tolchester Beach, Maryland

BALTIMORE— The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan medevaced two mariners after one sustained injuries from their boat propeller approximately 2 miles from Tolchester Beach on Saturday.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay received notification via VHF channel 16 from a mariner stating that he had rescued two boaters from the water near Tolchester Beach.

One of the boaters had fallen overboard and the other boater jumped in the water to assist him.

While assisting the boater who fell in, the second boater sustained injuries.

The boatcrew from Station Curtis Bay was underway patrolling and diverted to the scene.

Upon arrival, the good Samaritan transferred both mariners to the RBS.

The boatcrew administered first aid while transiting to Tolchester Marina where Kent County EMS was waiting to transfer them to John Hopkins Hospital.

“Without the proper equipment onboard we would not have been able to assist the boaters in distress,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Foreman, the coxswain of the RBS from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay. “We encourage boaters to not only have working radios onboard their vessels but to also know how to use them in case of an emergency. The use of channel 16 is a critical and efficient way of contacting the Coast Guard in times of distress.”

 

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Coast Guard responds to report of dielectric fluid leak in New Rochelle, New York

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Coast Guard responds to report of dielectric fluid leak in New Rochelle, New York 

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding to a report of a dielectric fluid leak in New Rochelle, New York, Saturday evening.

Coast Guard Sector New York watchstanders were notified that a dielectric line leak had occurred as a result of a water main break in New Rochelle and the fluid had entered the water at Wright Island Marina.

Coast Guard Sector New York investigators and a Coast Guard Station Kings Point boat crew were dispatched to the scene to assess the situation, with the New York City Fire Department and Con Edison.

The leak has been secured and containment boom has been placed in Wright Island Marina. Oil Spill Response Organization crews contracted by Con Edison are conducting clean-up operations using a skimmer vessel, vacuum truck and absorbent boom.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies will continue monitoring clean-up operations and assessing any potential impacts. 

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