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Video Release: Coast Guard assists crew of vessel taking on water near Columbia River entrance  Follow link

November 28, 2014 9:26 pm

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UPDATE: Coast Guard searching for missing mariner  Follow link

November 28, 2014 9:26 pm

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UPDATE: Coast Guard searching for missing mariner  Follow link

November 28, 2014 8:09 pm

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Coast Guard assists crew of vessel taking on water near Columbia River entrance  Follow link

November 28, 2014 6:32 pm

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Coast Guard assists 4 taking on water in Sarasota Bay, Fla.  Follow link

November 28, 2014 5:04 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted four people aboard a 38-foot catamaran after they began taking on water in the vicinity of Ringling Brothers Bridge in Sarasota Bay, Friday.

The owner of the Rock Bottom contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg via VHF-FM channel 16 radio at approximately 2:30 p.m., reporting they were taking on water approximately one inch every 30 minutes due to a broken rudder post. He also reported his dewatering pumps and bailing efforts were keeping up with the water coming aboard, but they had an 8-inch gash in the hull.

A 29-foot Response Boat — Small II crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, arrived on scene, assisted with dewatering efforts and escorted the boat and crew to Marine-Max Marina in good condition.

"Having a marine band radio aboard their vessel greatly aided in a smooth rescue today," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Will Lengyel, a command center watchstander at the sector. "By having the radio aboard, we were able to communicate with the owner and get to them quickly before the situation deteriorated."



Photo Release: Alameda-based cutter returned home after 140-day deployment  Follow link

November 28, 2014 2:37 pm

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Kalber, a boatswain's mate assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, embraces his daughter at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014, after returning home from a 140-day deployment. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)Petty Officer 2nd Class James Kalber, a boatswain's mate assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, hugs his daughter at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014, after returning home from a 140-day deployment. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Chavez, a machinery technician assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, embraces his daughters at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014, after returning home from a 140-day deployment. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)Petty Officer 2nd Class James Chavez, a machinery technician assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, embraces his daughters at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014, after returning home from a 140-day deployment. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean July 30, 2014. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean July 30, 2014. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)

Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., approach a drug-laden smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific July 30, 2014. (Coast Guard photo courtesy of Cutter Stratton)Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., approach a drug-laden smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific July 30, 2014. (Coast Guard photo courtesy by Cutter Stratton)

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returned to its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Friday, after a 140-day deployment to the Arctic and Central America.

Since departing in July, the Stratton’s crew completed a 24,000-mile deployment in support of the nation’s interests in the Arctic and joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and Central America.

During this operational patrol, Stratton’s law enforcement crews seized and disrupted 6.6 tons of illegal narcotics valued in excess of $27.5 Million. Stratton Coast Guardsmen assisted mariners in four separate Search and Rescue cases. Furthering national strategic goals, the cutter’s crew patrolled the Arctic and conducted interoperability tests with new equipment.

Stratton Coast Guardsmen worked closely with the communities in isolated locations of Point Lay, Gamble and Barrow, Alaska. The crew went ashore to schools and civic centers to teach water safety and provide life jackets to community members.

The cutter is one of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutters and is capable of patrolling from South America to the Arctic Ocean. Stratton’s unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather are a critical component of the Coast Guard. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland.



Coast Guard encourages owners to prepare vessels for winter in Alaska  Follow link

November 28, 2014 1:12 pm

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard 17th District encourages Alaskan mariners to winterize their vessels and to prevent excess snow from accumulating on moored vessels this winter.

Coast Guard personnel in Valdez and Juneau will be working with local harbormasters to patrol small boat harbors and identify boats in danger of sinking due to snow build up.

Preventative measures will be taken to prevent vessels from sinking but the vessel's owner may be responsible for covering any costs incurred as a result of these services.

Here are a few tips to ensure the safety of your vessel during this season of heavy snowfall:

1. Remove snow and ice accumulation including keeping scuppers clear of blockage

2. Check shaft packing for excess leakage.

3. Perform routine checks for signs of loose or deteriorating planks on wooden hulled vessels.

4. Conduct a routine inspection of your automatic bilge pump.

5. Visually inspect all thru-hull fittings for damage or loose connections.

6. Remove all unnecessary fuel from your boat if you are planning to be away for an extended period of time.

7. Verify and update your contact information with your local Small Boat Harbor.

8. Arrange reliable snow removal for both your boat and the finger pier which it occupies.

For more information please contact:
Lt. Jennifer Ferreira in Juneau: 907-463-2835 or Lt. Benjamin Bauman: 907-835-7209.



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