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Video Release: Coast Guard medevacs 23-year-old man near Kodiak, Alaska  Follow link

April 29, 2016 9:32 pm

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Red Cross honors 1st Coast Guard District members with imagery  Follow link

April 29, 2016 3:50 pm

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United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre, Petty Officer 3rd Class Macie Wienke, and Lt. Jonathan Tschudy ( Right to Left) pose while sitting during the 17th annual Red CrossConnecticut Heroes Breakfast in Stamford, Connecticut, April 29, 2016. This year the American RedCross selected 15 Coast Guardsmen for recognition as Connecticut Military Heroes for their role in the rescue of two men aboard the recreational vessel Blue Eyes on Nov. 13, 2015, in Fishers Island Sound on the eastern end of the Long Island Sound. Senator Richard Blumenthal, the senior United States Senator of Connecticut, congratulates 1st Coast Guard District members during the 17th annual Red Cross Connecticut Heroes Breakfast in Stamford, Connecticut, April 29, 2016. This year the American Red Cross selected 15 Coast Guardsmen for recognition as Connecticut Military Heroes for their role in the rescue of two men aboard the recreational vessel Blue Eyes on Nov. 13, 2015, in Fishers Island Sound on the eastern end of the Long Island Sound. Senator Richardred Blumenthal, the senior United States Senator of Connecticut, and two members of the Red Cross pose with 1st Coast Guard District members during the 17th annual Red Cross Connecticut Heroes Breakfast in Stamford, Connecticut, April 29, 2016. This year the American Red Cross selected 15 Coast Guardsmen for recognition as Connecticut Military Heroes for their role in the rescue of two men aboard the recreational vessel Blue Eyes on Nov. 13, 2015, in Fishers Island Sound on the eastern end of the Long Island Sound.

STAMFORD, Conn. –The Red Cross honored 1st Coast Guard District members during the 17th annual Red Cross Connecticut Heroes Breakfast in Stamford, Connecticut, today.

Red Cross Heroes Breakfasts are signature community events recognizing everyday men, women, and youths who have undertaken extraordinary acts of kindness and courage to prevent and alleviate human suffering, exemplifying the true spirit of the American Red Cross.

This year the American Red Cross selected 15 Coast Guardsmen for recognition as Connecticut Military Heroes for their role in the rescue of two men aboard the recreational vessel Blue Eyes on Nov. 13, 2015, in Fishers Island Sound on the eastern end of the Long Island Sound.

Those involved in the rescue of the two men aboard the Blue Eyes include:

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center

- Lt. Jonathan Tschudy

- Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre

- Petty Officer 1st Class Scotty Hendricks

- Petty Officer 2nd Class Rose Robles

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Macie Wienke

Coast Guard Station New London

- Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Stoltz

- Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick White

- Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Zeni

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Pearson

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

- Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Garcia

- Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Tickell

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woods

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon Michael

- Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sully

- Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Barlow

The actions of the 15 Coast Guardsmen involved in this case demonstrate the selflessness Coast Guard men and women undertake to assist people in distress.

Each year, the Red Cross accepts nominations from the public for recognition of people who go above and beyond in service to others, exemplifying the spirit of our own mission. These heroes are honored in recognition of their good works.



Coast Guard investigates laser strikes to Coast Guard aircraft in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico  Follow link

April 29, 2016 2:35 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard is investigating three laser strike incidents during a five-day period that were aimed at Coast Guard aircraft in Aguadilla Bay, Puerto Rico, and warns the public that pointing handheld lasers at any aircraft and Coast Guard crews is dangerous and illegal.

The latest laser incident occurred April 25, while the crew of an Air Station Borinquen MH-65D helicopter was conducting a litter hoist of an injured woman from the old sugar pier structure in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

“Pointing a laser at an aircraft is irresponsible, illegal and dangerous,” said Lt. Hunter Blue, MH-65D Dolphin helicopter aircraft commander. “I was in disbelief to know that someone was pointing a laser at us during the middle of a rescue hoist at the sugar pier in Aguadilla, adding difficulty to an already complex life-saving mission. I am extremely proud of the performance and focus of our crew in completing a successful rescue and bringing the victim to the care of medical authorities.”

The other two laser strike incidents occurred April 20 and April 25, when the crews of two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters were lased multiple times during flight around Aguadilla Bay. No injuries to the crews were reported.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and a felony offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A. If found guilty, offenders could be fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to five years in prison.

Pilots affected by laser strikes regularly report temporary effects in vision, including: afterimage, flash blindness and temporary loss of night vision. In some cases, laser strike can result in permanent damage to a person’s eye sight. If a crew member is lased it severely compromises his ability to effectively response and safely operate the aircraft, ultimately endangering the safety and lives of crewmembers aboard and the general public.

Coast Guard personnel are working with federal and local law enforcement to investigate the incident. Anyone with possible information regarding the incident is asked to please contact the 911 emergency response system in Puerto Rico and the Coast Guard Investigative Service Resident Agent Office San Juan at 787-360-6856. Callers can remain anonymous.



Coast Guard Conducts waterways analysis of Admiralty Inlet, seeks public comment  Follow link

April 29, 2016 1:34 pm

SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of Admiralty Inlet.

Officials are seeking information from local mariners regarding the general use of the waterways and any issues with the visibility, placement or location of aids to navigation in that area before the comment deadline of July 31, 2016.

The WAMS includes Admiralty Bay, Port Townsend, Kilisut Harbor, Oak Harbor, Mutiny Bay, Useless Bay, Port Ludlow and Skunk Bay. The study focuses on the area’s aids to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, routine and emergency communication capabilities and future development projects.

For a map of the WAMS review and the questionnaire form, visit the Coast Guard 13th District’s WAMS website at: http://www.uscg.mil/d13/dpw/wams.asp.

Please mail or fax your survey to:

Commander (dpw)
ATTN: Lt. Hiatt
Coast Guard 13th District
915 2nd Ave. Suite 3510
Seattle, WA 98174
Fax: 206-220-7265

For more information contact Lt. Jeff Hiatt at 206-220-7283 or by email at robert.j.hiatt@uscg.mil.



Coast Guard issues $100,000 civil penalty for WSF laser strike  Follow link

April 29, 2016 11:08 am

SEATTLE — The Captain of the Port, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, issued a $100,000 civil penalty Tuesday to a Washington resident who intentionally struck the Washington State Ferry Tokiate with a high-powered blue laser October 22, 2015.

Coast Guard investigating officers determined that Mark Raden of Freeland, was aboard WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the pilot house of the Tokitae, resulting in injuries to the ferry master and chief mate.

Coast Guard officials are seeking civil penalties for violation of a safety and security zone as well as interference with the safe operation of the Tokitae while it transited between Mukilteo and Clinton. The final civil penalty amount will be determined by a Coast Guard Hearing Officer in Arlington, Va.

“Firing a laser at a vessel is extremely dangerous and directly interferes with the safe movement of commercial vessels and the Coast Guard’s ability to conduct search and rescue operations,” said Captain Joe Raymond, Captain of the Port, Sector Puget Sound. “I encourage individuals who witness laser attacks on commercial vessels and Coast Guard small boats and aircraft to call 911.”

In addition to laser strikes on Washington State Ferries, laser strikes involving Coast Guard helicopters and rescue boats in Puget Sound have continued to increase over the last few years. Such strikes have adverse impacts on the conduct of Coast Guard law enforcement and search and rescue activities potentially affecting the ability to respond to a distress call or provide proper medical care of someone rescued. In addition, they can cause physical injury to any individuals struck.



UPDATE: VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard, partner agencies search for missing boater near Jug Creek, Fla.  Follow link

April 29, 2016 10:32 am

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, locates the boat of a missing 62-year-old man, near Jug Creek, Florida, Friday, April 29, 2016. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers made first contact with the boat and determined no one was aboard; Coast Guard crews and partner agencies continued the search. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard and partner agencies are looking for a missing man, near Jug Creek, Florida, Friday, after he didn't return home from a fishing trip, Thursday evening.

Missing is Jim Winkler 62, from North Port, Florida.

At 12:15 a.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a 911 transfer call from Charlotte County Sheriff's Office from a woman stating her husband had left the L. Jo Bean Marina in the Myakka River at around 2 p.m. on a 20-foot flats boat and had not returned. She reported Winkler never fished passed 10 p.m.

Watchstanders confirmed Winkler's last cell phone ping was at 7:01 p.m. just south of Cape Haze, Florida.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and a 29-foot Response Boat Small II from Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, were launched to commence the search after activating the Maritime Emergency Response Team in the area.

At 4:46 a.m. the Jayhawk helicopter crew found the flats boat near Jug Creek without Winkler aboard.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Charlotte Harbor Marine Unit, and Lee County Sheriff's Office are aiding in the search.



Coast Guard, partner agencies search for missing boater near Jug Creek, Fla.  Follow link

April 29, 2016 8:36 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard and partner agencies are looking for a missing man, near Jug Creek, Florida, Friday, after he didn't return home from a fishing trip, Thursday evening.

Missing is Jim Winkler 62, from North Port, Florida.

At 12:15 a.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a 911 transfer call from Charlotte County Sheriff's Office from a woman stating her husband had left the L. Jo Bean Marina in the Myakka River at around 2 p.m. on a 20-foot flats boat and had not returned. She reported Winkler never fished passed 10 p.m.

Watchstanders confirmed Winkler's last cell phone ping was at 7:01 p.m. just south of Cape Haze, Florida.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and a 29-foot Response Boat Small II from Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, were launched to commence the search after activating the Maritime Emergency Response Team in the area.

At 4:46 a.m. the Jayhawk helicopter crew found the flats boat near Jug Creek without Winkler aboard.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Charlotte Harbor Marine Unit, and Lee County Sheriff's Office are aiding in the search.



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