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Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Biscayne Bay  Follow link

August 22, 2014 3:32 pm

MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews suspended their search for a burglary suspect in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway Friday afternoon.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report that two men, suspected of burglary, went missing in the water in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway in an attempt to evade City of Miami Police officers. One of the suspects was apprehended and the other was last seen swimming south of the Rickenbacker Causeway.

A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida, searched for the missing male for nearly 12 hours and suspended the search at approximately 2 p.m.

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MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard offloads approximately $19 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Follow link

August 22, 2014 1:01 pm

Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, offload 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Friday, August 22, 2014. The contraband was interdicted during Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer Ashley J. Johnson.
The Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll, a 436-foot Type 20 Duke Class frigate, homeported in Plymouth, Devon, England, along with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team conducts a patrol as part of Operation Martillo in the Straits of Florida, Aug. 21, 2014. Operation Martillo is a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Sean C. Benton) Crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., offloads 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The contraband was interdicted during Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning) A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment transports 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million, in the Straits of Florida, Aug. 21, 2014. The contraband was interdicted during Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Sean C. Benton)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk offloaded approximately 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Friday.

During an Operation Unified Resolve patrol on August 7, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami detected a go-fast vessel south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico Command Center diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo to respond. Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo's crewmembers pursued the go-fast vessel. The Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll, while conducting a patrol as part of Operation Martillo, with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) aboard, also pursued the suspected drug smuggling vessel.

The Argyll crew launched their smallboat with the Coast Guard LEDET aboard. The go-fast vessel stopped and the LEDET boarded the go-fast, detained five suspected smugglers and seized 18 bales of contraband, which later tested positive for cocaine.

The contraband and suspected smugglers were transferred from the HMS Argyll to the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk during an at-sea transfer.

The five suspected smugglers aboard the go-fast vessel were turned over to federal law enforcement officials in St. Petersburg.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo is a 110-foot island class patrol boat homeported in San Juan.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hawk is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg.

The HMS Argyll is a 436-foot Type 20 Duke Class frigate homeported in Plymouth, Devon, England.

The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved each and every day locally under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard, DHS and Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Operation Martillo is a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations.



MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Coast Guard, partner agencies to announce establishment of new North Carolina ferry route  Follow link

August 22, 2014 11:10 am

WHO: U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Department of Transportation

WHAT: Will announce the establishment of the Barney Slough ferry route between Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943


PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are scheduled to announce the establishment of the Barney Slough ferry route Monday between Hatteras Island, North Carolina, and Ocracoke Island, North Carolina at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Hatteras Inlet Channel has been subject to shifting shoals and sandbars and has been a challenge for mariners.

In February 2013, the shoaling of Hatteras Inlet Channel became so severe the Coast Guard, in consultation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, temporarily established an alternate channel known locally as Barney Slough.

This summer, Coast Guard Headquarters approved the permanent establishment of this waterway. NCDOT Ferry System has not used the Hatteras Ferry Channel since December 2013 and now considers Barney Slough as the primary route.

This endeavor has been the result of a partnership between NCDOT Ferry Division, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to determine the best way to keep the waterways open for commerce.

The Hatteras ferry route connects Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, carrying 750,000 passengers a year, making the route the busiest in North Carolina. Approximately 85% of the passengers were tourists who contribute more than $168 million annually to the local economy.

Members of the media who wish to attend the news conference are requested to contact Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno "Nick" Cangemi at NyxoLyno@uscg.mil



Suspect jumps from causeway bridge, Coast Guard searching  Follow link

August 22, 2014 10:53 am

MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are currently searching for a burglary suspect in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway Friday morning.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report that two men, suspected of burglary, went missing in the water in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway in an attempt to evade City of Miami Police officers. One of the suspects was apprehended and the other was last seen swimming south of the Rickenbacker Causeway.

A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami responded to the report and began searching.

Currently searching is a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida.

For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @uscgsoutheast.



Coast Guard scheduled to offload approximately $19 million of cocaine  Follow link

August 21, 2014 11:58 pm

Media note: Media interested in attending the offload should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, located at 600 8th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, north moorings. For more information, contact public affairs at 305-965-4672.

Who: Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida.

What: Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

When: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Where: Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg 600 8th Ave. SE. St. Petersburg, north moorings.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk is scheduled to offload approximately 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million, Friday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

During an Operation Unified Resolve patrol on August 7, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami detected a go-fast vessel south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico Command Center diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo to respond. Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo's crewmembers pursued the go-fast vessel. The Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll, conducting a patrol as part of Operation Martillo, with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) aboard, also pursued the suspected drug smuggling vessel.

The Argyll crew launched their smallboat with the Coast Guard LEDET aboard. The go-fast vessel stopped and the LEDET boarded the go-fast, detained five suspected smugglers and seized 18 bales of contraband, which later tested positive for cocaine.

The contraband and suspected smugglers were transferred from the HMS Argyll to the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk during an at-sea transfer.

The five suspected smugglers aboard the go-fast vessel will be turned over to federal law enforcement officials in St. Petersburg.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo is a 110-foot island class patrol boat homeported in San Juan.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hawk is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg.

The HMS Argyll is a 436-foot Type 20 Duke Class frigate homeported in Plymouth, Devon, England.

The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved each and every day locally under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard, DHS and Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Operation Martillo is a joint, interagency, and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations.



Coast Guard, Navy searching for possible mariner in distress  Follow link

August 21, 2014 8:18 pm

PONCE DE LEON INLET, Fla. — Coast Guard and Navy crews are searching for a possible mariner in distress Thursday approximately 20 miles east of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the situation after hearing a “Mayday” call over VHF Channel 16 at approximately 5:26 p.m. Watchstanders made attempts to communicate with the caller with no response. No further mayday calls have been received.

The Coast Guard was able to pinpoint the area from where the call came by using two radio towers located in Deltona and St. Cloud. Based on that data, the search area was created. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was made, notifying mariners in the area of the possible distress situation.

A Navy airplane crew in the area reported hearing the call as well and has begun to search for any vessels in distress.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet was launched to the search area at approximately 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Detachment Jacksonville at 305-318-1864.



400 migrants rescued at sea by Coast Guard and Royal Bahamian Defence Force  Follow link

August 21, 2014 5:33 pm

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MIAMI — Coast Guard crews and Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF) rescued more than 400 Haitians illegally migrating in three separate at sea interdictions in the span of 11 days.

Monday, an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater located a 40-foot sail freighter riding low west of Ragged Island, Bahamas. Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship Arthur Dion Hanna arrived on scene the following day and safely disembarked 124 Haitian migrants and transported them to Coral Harbour Base for further processing. The vessel was grossly overloaded with 100 males, 16 females and eight children.

Thursday, the RBDF interdicted approximately 180 Haitian migrants aboard another dangerously overloaded sail freighter illegally migrating northwest of Great Exuma Island, Bahamas. There was no Coast Guard involvement in this case.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark interdicted and safely disembarked 101 Haitian migrants aboard an overloaded sail freighter Aug. 11 before turning them over to the RBDF. There were 71 males, 21 females and nine minors aboard the vessel. Crew members distributed life jackets to the group and moved them onto the cutter, where they received food, water and basic medical care.

"The Coast Guard strongly advises against taking to sea in an attempt to illegally enter the United States or Bahamas," said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, Coast Guard 7th District deputy chief of enforcement. "These attempts unnecessarily put the lives of migrants and Coast Guard crews at great risk."

All three overloaded freighters did not have the recommended navigational safety equipment onboard including life jackets and Electronic Positioning Indicating Radio Beacons.

"I want to express my thanks and appreciation for the assistance received from the United States Coast Guard in providing critical information which culminated in the apprehension of the migrant vessel," said Commodore Roderick Bowe, commander of the Royal Bahamian Defence Force.

Cronin added, "We will continue to diligently patrol the waters with our interagency partners to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea. There is a controlled, safe, and legal means to enter the United States and we urge people to follow that process.”

In fiscal year 2014, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 4,921 Haitians, 3,216 Cubans and 539 Dominicans have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea. These numbers represent the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

The cutter Paul Clark is one of the 58 new Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRC) replacing the Island-class patrol boats. The FRC is capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed, stability and firepower of the FRC deliver tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.



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