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Philadelphia Coast Guard, partner agencies to hold Labor Day safety event  Follow link

August 31, 2016 8:34 am

WHO: The Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

WHAT: Agencies will speak about Labor Day Weekend safety issues, covering topics such as safe boating, boating under the influence, safety while driving vehicles and driving under the influence. Coast Guard members will set off signaling devices, such as pencil flares and smoke flares.

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay: 1 Washington Ave. Philadelphia, PA., 19147.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia Police Department and partner agencies will hold a safety event at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at 11 a.m., Thursday.

Representatives from the different agencies will discuss safety issues for both boating and driving throughout Labor Day Weekend.

Members of the Coast Guard will demonstrate signaling devices, such as smoke flares and pencil flares, which boaters can use to signal rescuers in the event of an emergency.



Hiram M. Chittenden Locks lift for historic Coast Guard crossing  Follow link

August 30, 2016 11:20 pm

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Coast Guard making preparations to close Hawaii County commercial ports ahead of Madeline  Follow link

August 30, 2016 8:56 pm

HONOLULU — Coast Guard Captain of the Port anticipates closing Hawaii County ports to all traffic at 8 p.m. today.

Vessels transiting within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside and the COTP has deemed the ports safe to reopen.

Port closures:

  • Hawaii County — Hilo Harbor, Kawaihae Harbor - Anticipate port closing at 8 p.m., Aug. 30

All ocean going commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 200 gross tons are expected to make preparations to leave the ports by 8 p.m.

Once the storm has passed and the threat of severe weather has subsided, the Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and State of Hawaii will jointly conduct surveys of channel blockage and prioritize steps to resume essential, then normal, vessel traffic. These steps are to minimize risk of damage to vessels and assess the conditions of channels, aids to navigation, waterfront facilities, piers and other infrastructure.

The COTP, in conjunction with the state DOT-Harbors in Hawaii, will begin sending Port Assessment Teams to accessible areas of the zone as soon as it is safe to do so over the weekend.

“I am committed to reopening each port as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Capt. Mike Long, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. “Following the storm, the conditions of the ports will be evaluated and changed dependent on the port assessment.”

The Coast Guard will continue to broadcast Notice to Mariners and post Marine Safety Information Bulletins on homeport.uscg.mil/Honolulu to notify the reopening of ports and any special conditions.



Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to ferry collision with kayakers  Follow link

August 30, 2016 7:49 pm

NEW YORK — Coast Guard and partner agency crews responded to a collision between a New York Waterways ferry and 11 kayakers on the Hudson River Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 5:50 p.m., Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector New York received a call from the master aboard the ferry Jersey City, reporting a collision between the ferry and 11 kayakers near Pier 79 in Manhattan.

A Coast Guard Station New York smallboat crew was launched and arrived on scene to assist New York Police Department, New York Fire Department and Jersey City Fire Department officials with rescuing 11 kayakers from the water.

All 11 kayakers were safely transported to awaiting EMS crews for medical attention. Five kayakers were transported to Bellevue Hospital and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital for additional medical attention. Two kayakers were listed in critical condition as a result of the collision.

The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.



*Imagery Release* Coast Guard medevacs diver near Anacapa Island  Follow link

August 30, 2016 5:35 pm

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a diver after he was reported to surface unconscious and unresponsive near Anacapa Island, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach operations center received a call from the commercial dive vessel Conception, reporting that a diver had surfaced unconscious. Shortly after, the diver became responsive, squeezing hands and breathing.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands arrived on scene and safely transferred the individual to Station Channel Islands Harbor where EMS was waiting.

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a diver after he was reported to surface unconscious and unresponsive, near Anacapa Island, Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a diver after he was reported to surface unconscious and unresponsive near Anacapa Island on August 30, 2016. (Photo by Coast Guard Station Channel islands Harbor)



Coast Guard medevacs diver near Santa Barbara Island  Follow link

August 30, 2016 5:04 pm

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a diver after he was reported to be experiencing stroke like symptoms near Santa Barbara Island, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach operations center received a call at 9:40 a.m., from the commercial dive vessel Peace, reporting that an individual aboard was experiencing stroke like symptoms. They reported that two paramedics were currently aboard the dive vessel administering aid to the diver.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu arrived on scene and safely hoisted the individual aboard the aircraft and transferred him to the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.



UPDATE: Video Available -- Coast Guard medevacs wounded lobsterman  Follow link

August 30, 2016 4:43 pm

U.S. Coast Guard Stock Photo.  MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Black.

U.S. Coast Guard Stock Photo. MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Video Available

BOSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod successfully medical evacuated and transported an injured 41-year-old lobsterman Tuesday from the Atlantic, 135 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, to Cape Cod Hospital.

At about 10:15 a.m., a crewmember aboard the lobster boat Eagle contacted watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center requesting assistance for a crewmember who had accidentally been impaled.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac since Eagle was not due to shore until the next day. Air Station Cape Cod diverted a HC144 Casa airplane to the scene and launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to retrieve the injured crewmember at about 11 a.m. At approximately 1:30 p.m. the air crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man. He was successfully transported to Cape Cod Hospital.



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