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AUDIO RELEASE: Coast Guard speaks with Nathan Carman on Freighter  Follow link

September 27, 2016 4:43 pm

The Coast Guard is searching for this 32-foot aluminum boat, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 near Block Island, Rhode Island. The boat and with two passengers aboard were reported as overdue after not returning from a fishing trip. U.S Coast Guard courtesy photo.

For Coast Guard audio with Nathan Carman, please click here.

Initially, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a report that 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son Nathan Carman failed to return from an offshore fishing trip. They departed Ram's Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island Saturday evening in the Chicken Pox, a 31-foot center console boat.

The Coast Guard searched over 62,000 square nautical miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia, from south of Block Island, Rhode Island to the Canyons off New York.

On Sept. 25, Nathan Carman was found by the freighter Orient Lucky and brought back to Boston on Tuesday. A Coast Guard crew picked up Nathan from the freighter in a 45-foot medium response boat and brought him back to Base Boston, where he was reunited with his family.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to hold ribbon cutting ceremony in Atlantic City  Follow link

September 27, 2016 4:05 pm

WHO: Coast Guard Station Atlantic City

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Station Atlantic City boat maintenance facility

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard station Atlantic City, 900 Beach Thorofare, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Coast Guard Station Atlantic City's new boat maintenance facility and a ceremony to dedicate the station command building to Capt. Joseph Mazzotta, at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The new facility will allow for the crew to conduct maintenance, repairs and training in a safe, temperature controlled environment.

Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, will officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Media planning to attend the event should contact the public affairs watchstander duty phone at 757-434-6043 and should arrive at 9:30 a.m.

"We are excited to officially open our new boat maintenance facility on Thursday which is an investment in the future of our station and community," said Lt. Cmdr. Noel Johnson, commanding officer of Station Atlantic City. "The new facility will greatly enhance our ability to train and conduct routine maintenance and repairs on our assets. We are also taking the opportunity during the ceremony to dedicate our historic command building in honor of Retired Captain Joseph Mazzotta."

Mazzotta served as officer in charge of three stations along the Jersey Shore including South Brigantine, Cape May Point and Atlantic City. He earned his appointment as a Warrant Officer in 1935 followed by commissioning as an officer in 1938. From there he was commanding officer of seven more units finishing his career as the Captain of the Port and commanding officer of Group New York. Mazzotta retired in 1968 after more than 41 years of active service in the United States Coast Guard.

Coast Guard seeks public information after laser strike hits Air Station Port Angeles aircrew  Follow link

September 27, 2016 3:52 pm

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard is seeking information from the public in locating a suspect or suspects who pointed a green laser light at a Coast Guard helicopter as the aircrew was making a final approach to Air Station Port Angeles, at 8:23 p.m., Monday.

The Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles flight crew aboard, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, safely landed after being illuminated for about one second, and were checked out by the duty corpsman who medically cleared the crew to resume duty at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The laser strike was reported to Air Station Port Angeles and local police by the aircrew. The laser light came from the vicinity of 4th and Hill Street in Port Angeles.

“These types of incidents can be very dangerous to the safety of our aircrews and disrupts our ability to respond as a search and rescue asset,” said Cmdr. Mark Hiigel, commanding officer, Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles. “In this particular case the aircrew was medically grounded for approximately two hours. This resulted in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Sector Columbia River, located in Warrenton, Oregon, covering our area of responsibility until the Port Angeles aircrew was medically cleared. We need the general public to understand that the dangers of playing with green laser lights goes beyond medical risks to our aircrews, it places all mariners at risk due to delayed response times should they become in distress."

Laser pointers can cause great danger to the aircrew due to glare, afterimage, flash blindness or temporary loss of night vision. If a laser is shined in the eyes of an aircrew member, Coast Guard flight rules dictate that the aircraft must abort its mission.

Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a felony crime under 18 U.S. Code Section 39A, which states whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact investigators at 206-220-7170.

For more information about laser safety and the affects of an aircraft laser incident, visit the Federal Aviation Administration’s Laser Safety Imitative webpage at

New US Coast Guard recruiting office ships out its first enlisted member  Follow link

September 27, 2016 3:47 pm

WASHINGTON – Coast Guard Recruiting Office Kansas City will send its first recruit to basic training at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, Tuesday.

Melanie Yates, a 21-year-old female, is the first to “ship”’ from Topeka, Kansas.

“When I first thought about the military, I reviewed all of the other services. There weren’t any recruiting offices nearby,” said Yates. “As soon as I saw that the Kansas City office opened up, I signed right up.”

Coast Guard Recruiting Office Kansas City held a grand-opening ceremony on June 29, 2016, and is the Coast Guard’s newest recruiting office.

Training Center Cape May is the sole accession point for the Coast Guard's enlisted workforce. More than 4,000 recruits will train there in 2017, before being assigned to units in the U.S. and around the world. Graduates of the basic training program will become part of an organization that in an average year:

  • Protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of coast and inland waterways;
  • Responds to approximately 25,000 search and rescue cases;
  • Saves approximately 5,000 lives;
  • Responds to 3,000 pollution incidents;
  • Services 42,000 aids-to-navigation;
  • Patrols more than six million square-miles of ocean.

Those interested in joining the U.S. Coast Guard are encouraged to visit to get more information, find a recruiter, or chat with one of the recruiters online. Media interested in contacting the recruiting office should contact Chief Petty Officer Robert Scott at (816) 527-0441 or via email at

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to Virginia Beach following Eastern Caribbean patrol  Follow link

September 27, 2016 3:07 pm

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to Virginia Beach


The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable transits toward the pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sept. 27, 2016. Dependable returned home following a successful counter-drug and migrant patrol through the Florida Straights and the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to their homeport Tuesday following a successful 53-day patrol, which focused on training, counter-drug and migrant missions.

The cutter patrolled from the Florida Straits and throughout the Caribbean Sea performing homeland security missions, which included stopping the flow of illegal migrants and illicit drugs into the United States.

During the patrol, Dependable’s crew worked closely with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, the Navy of the Dominican Republic, and Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard air and surface assets to counter illegal drug smuggling and human smuggling.

On Sept. 22, 2016, Dependable’s crew assisted the Royal Bahamian Defense Force in the rescue of nine survivors from a sailing vessel in distress. Over the course of six hours, Dependable and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force searched for and located the sailing vessel Change of Life aground on a reef south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Less than 24 hours later, Dependable, along with Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Leon Livingston Smith rescued 10 Cuban migrants who had been stranded for 10 days on Anguilla Cay near Caysal Bank in the Florida Straits. The migrants had run out of food and water three days prior to the rescue.

"This patrol provided a great opportunity to work with many of our partner nations who share an interest in curbing illegal maritime activity in the Western Hemisphere.” said Cmdr. Bob Little, Dependable’s commanding officer. “As always, the crew of Dependable did outstanding work keeping 48-year-old legacy cutter fully mission capable.”

Virginia Beach-based Cutter Dependable is a 210-foot Reliance Class Medium Endurance Cutter, with a crew of 75. Nearing her 49th year serving America, Dependable and the other 26 aging medium endurance cutters are slated for replacement by a new class of cutters.

The new Offshore Patrol Cutter will operate more than 50 miles from land, carrying out the Coast Guard's maritime security and safety activities in support of national interests. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interoperability with other military and federal partners, superior to the cutters they replace. Equipped with modern sensors, the OPC will provide the enhanced surveillance necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.

More on Cutter Dependable is at .

For more media interviews, contact Ensign David S. Westland at

UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search for missing Cuban migrants  Follow link

September 27, 2016 1:12 pm

MIAMI — The Coast Guard continues searching Tuesday for survivors who were reported missing Monday by three Cuban migrants found on an island in the vicinity of Big Pine Key.

The three men reported they left Cuba on Sept. 20 with 23 people aboard a rustic vessel and that the vessel capsized Sept. 21.

The three bodies located Saturday 23 miles southeast of Islamorada have been confirmed as being part of the group. A woman's body located Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission near Big Munson Island was also confirmed as being part of the group.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office recovered a man's body Saturday from Ramrod Key. Determination if the man was part of the group is under investigation.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 airplane crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered crew are searching for survivors.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crews, Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Shrike crew have also assisted with the search.

The Coast Guard has searched more than 9,260 square miles since Saturday, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire.

For breaking news follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

Prior releases:

Coast Guard searching for Cuban migrants reported missing

Coast Guard, state, local agencies locate three bodies 23 miles southeast of Islamorada

Coast Guard participates in honor flight return celebrations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport  Follow link

September 27, 2016 11:14 am

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