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Unified Command established for Alaska Juris response  Follow link

July 28, 2016 12:01 am

USCG Fishing Company of Alaska ADEC

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), and the Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA) have formed a Unified Command to respond to the sinking vessel, Alaska Juris, in the Bering Sea.

The fishing vessel, Alaska Juris, began taking on water at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26. Good Samaritan crews from vessels Spar Canis, Vienna Express, Seafisher and Ocean Peace, assisted in the successful rescue of 46 mariners, who abandoned ship after the vessel began taking on water. The crews of Seafisher and Ocean Peace transported them to Adak, Alaska.

The condition of the vessel is currently unknown. The salvage vessel, Resolve Pioneer, has been dispatched and is en route to the last known position of the Alaska Juris, approximately 41 miles northeast of Segula Island in the Rat Islands archipelago of western Alaska. The Resolve Pioneer is expected to arrive within 48 hours and will attempt to locate the Alaska Juris, assess any damage, safeguard against any potential environmental threats, as well as prevent hazards to other vessels in the area and formulate an action plan for salvage.

There have been no reports of injured personnel, pollution, or environmental impacts. The safety of response personnel and the public and protection of the local environment are top priorities. The Unified Command is monitoring the case closely.

Mariners are cautioned to avoid the area until further notice. Weather in the area is reported as 17 mph winds, 4-foot seas and fog.

USCG Media Contacts: (907) 321-1866

ADEC Media Contacts: (907) 465-5009

FCA Media Contacts: (281) 352-7740



Coast Guard medevacs 2 from vessels in the Gulf of Alaska  Follow link

July 27, 2016 11:34 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews deployed to Forward Operating Location Cold Bay medevaced an 80-year-old woman and a 34-year-old male during separate cases Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the cruise ship Sun Princess that a woman was suffering from symptoms of a perforated appendix. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. Watchstanders requested the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which flew to Dutch Harbor to pick up a Guardian Flight crewmember to assist with the medevac.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and transported her to Dutch Harbor where they rendezvoused with the Guardian Flight aircraft to transfer her for further care.

In a separate case, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the vessel Ever Lively of a man suffering from symptoms of an abdominal infection. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended medevac. Watchstanders requested the launch of a Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules aircraft.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to Cold Bay where they rendezvoused with Med Flight to transfer him for further care.

“Cases like these can happen at any time in Alaska,” said Lt. Joseph Schlosser, a command duty officer at Coast Guard District 17. “With the increased traffic in the Gulf of Alaska the FOL in Cold Bay allows us to conduct medevacs quickly and get the individuals to the care they need.”



Coast Guard suspends search for man near Wrightsville Beach, NC  Follow link

July 27, 2016 10:05 pm

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a 58-year-old man last seen swimming at Wrightsville Beach Tuesday.

The search for Charles Kuebler of Wilmington was suspended at approximately 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The search for Kuebler included Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from Station Wrightsville Beach, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, as well as crews from Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue. Searches covered approximately 183 square miles and totaled about 37 hours.

For the initial release about this seach, visit: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2869254/ .

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Update: **VIDEO AVAILABLE** Coast Guard locates 4 missing boaters 40 miles north west of Key West  Follow link

July 27, 2016 9:34 pm

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The U.S. Coast Guard located four boaters 40 miles northwest of Key West on July 27, 2016

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard located four boaters Wednesday 40 miles northwest of Key West.

Rescued were David Thompson, 48, Adam Kelley, 28, Joshua Thompson, 15, and Evan Thompson, 11.

The four boaters were reported overdue by a concerned family member when they failed to return from a snorkeling trip Tuesday.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Air Station Miami located the survivors at approximately 3:40 p.m. Wednesday about 40 miles northwest of Key West but were unsuccessful in establishing radio contact. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West launched and met the survivors 40 miles northwest of Key West.

All four boaters are being taken to Coast Guard Sector Key West and are reportedly in good condition.

"The important take away is this family filed a float plan," said Cmdr. Clint Prindle, chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Key West. "They told family members where they were going and when they would be back. When they didn't return, a family member contacted us, and we immediately began our search efforts. However, we always recommend boaters carry an electronic position indicating radio beacon, also known as an EPIRB. When activated, an EPIRB alerts us immediately of distress and provides us with an exact location of a boater. It removes the search from a search and rescue effort."

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PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard helps ensure safe 91st annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Va.  Follow link

July 27, 2016 4:33 pm

Saltwater Cowboys work to stay hydrated ashore while U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague crew members aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft do the same during 91st Annual Pony Swim between Assateague and Chincoteague Island, Virginia, July 27, 2016. Thousands of spectators gathered for the event on shore and on the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague helped enforced the safety zone Wednesday at the 91st annual Pony Swim between Assateague and Chincoteague islands off Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Thousands of spectators gathered for the event both on shore and on the water.

Station Chincoteague crews used two 24-foot Special Purpose Crafts for the event.

The annual event gained international recognition after Marguerite Henry's children's novel "Misty of Chincoteague" was published in 1947 and the subsequent release of the 1961 film "Misty" based on the book.

The ponies make the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

The ponies complete the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

 U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague crew members aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft enforce the safety zone at the 91st Annual Pony Swim between Assateague and Chincoteague Island, Virginia, July 27, 2016. Thousands of spectators gathered for the event on shore and on the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

The ponies complete the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

The ponies make the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

The ponies complete the annual swim from Assateague to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, during the 91st Pony Swim on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, July 27, 2016. Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague enforced the safety zone where thousands of spectators gathered for the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)



Coast Guard to enforce safety zones for Tall Ships Challenge at Navy Pier  Follow link

July 27, 2016 2:09 pm

CHICAGO — The Tall Ships Challenge is scheduled to visit Navy Pier from Wednesday through Monday.

The U.S. Coast Guard has established and will enforce a safety zone around each tall ship participating in the Tall Ships Challenge while navigating in the Great Lakes.

Due to the limited maneuverability of the tall ships and to ensure safe steerage, all spectators and commercial vessels are required to maintain a distance of 300 feet from the ships at all times. The safety zone is in effect whether vessels are transiting, anchored or moored.

On Wednesday from approximately 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the tall ships will participate in the parade of sail. The parade route starts in the vicinity of Northerly Island, just north to the Chicago Harbor lighthouse, to Diversey Harbor and ends at Navy Pier.

Crossing the parade is prohibited. If in doubt, boaters should contact the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan Command Center on VHF-FM channel 16. Official vessels assisting with the parade may be seen within the zone and will be identified with yellow flags.

Commercial passenger vessels desiring to get underway can hail the patrol command on VHF-FM channel 16 when departing the dock. The patrol command will determine whether the area is clear and safe to transit.

The recommended viewing area for this event is within the Chicago Harbor breakwall just northeast of the end of Navy Pier.

Boaters shall adhere to all posted no wake zones, especially in the harbor and channel between the Jardine Purification Plant and the north wall of Navy Pier. Be mindful of the long bowsprits on the front of the large sailing vessels.

All recreational and pleasure boats must carry one wearable lifejacket for each person aboard and children under the age of 13 are required to wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times while aboard a boat. However, the Coast Guard highly encourages all boaters regardless of age or experience to wear a lifejacket at all times.



Coast Guard searches for 4 overdue boaters following snorkel trip near Key West  Follow link

July 27, 2016 12:40 pm

Four boaters were reported overdue Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and were last seen in a 25-foot Grady White, leaving Key West to go on a snorkeling trip. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the missing boaters.

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for four boaters Wednesday near Key West after the boaters failed to return home from a snorkeling trip approximately six miles north of Key West.

Missing are David Thompson, 48, Adam Kelley, 28, Joshua Thompson, 15, and Evan Thompson, 11.

The four boaters left Banana Bay Resort Tuesday in a 25-foot Grady White to snorkel north of Key West and were scheduled to return before 4 p.m. A concerned family member contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West at about 6:30 p.m. to report them overdue after they failed to return.

Two boat crews from Coast Guard Station Key West, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry helicopter crew from Air Station Miami, and boat crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated search efforts Tuesday.

Searching Wednesday are:

  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Miami
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry helicopter crew from Air Station Miami
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater

Boaters are encouraged to remain vigilant while in the area and to render aid and assistance if necessary. Anyone with information on the location of the missing boaters is encouraged to contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 305-415-6800.

For breaking news, please follow us on Twitter @uscgsoutheast.



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