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Video Release: Coast Guard responds to fishing vessel's may day call near Martha's Vineyard  Follow link

December 6, 2016 2:47 pm

Screen grab of video shot from Coast Guard helicopter of the disabled fishing vessel Pilgrim.

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BOSTON — Coast Guard crews escorted a disabled 47-foot fishing vessel to safety Monday evening into Tuesday morning from 30 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

The fishing vessel Pilgrim became disabled after its mast broke and was left hanging over the side.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England were notified Monday at around 4:30 p.m. by Pilgrim's captain via marine radio of the situation.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched and was able to locate the vessel based off Pilgrim's may day call.

After locating Pilgrim, the helicopter crew remained on scene until Coast Guard Cutter Albacore arrived to take over.

The Albacore stayed with Pilgrim until Pilgrim's sister ship, Shamrock, arrived Tuesday morning and was able to help the Pilgrim crew make repairs at sea.

Coast Guard closes comment period for proposed Hudson River anchorages  Follow link

December 6, 2016 2:31 pm

NEW YORK – The comment period on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) titled "Anchorage Grounds, Hudson River; Yonkers, NY, to Kingston, NY, (81 FR 37168)" concludes Dec. 6, 2016.

The Coast Guard is considering establishing new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, New York, to serve as safe resting points for commercial vessel crews transiting the river.

Under title 33 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 109.5, Coast Guard District Commanders are delegated the authority to establish anchorage grounds. The anticipated users of the proposed anchorage grounds are commercial vessels and their attending tug, tow, or push boats.

The Coast Guard is considering this action after receiving requests suggesting anchorage grounds may improve navigation safety along an extended portion of the Hudson River, allowing a safer, more environmentally sound flow of vessel traffic. The river currently has no anchorage points. The Coast Guard sought public and stakeholder comments, as well as, information about the operational need and possible concerns regarding 10 potential anchorage sites on the Hudson River from June 17, to Dec. 6, 2016, including a 90-day extension that went into effect Sept. 7, 2016. The Coast Guard is committed to publicly-informed decision making when considering new anchorage grounds and what form possible regulations should take.

During the six month comment period, the docket received more than 9,200 comments from many diverse stakeholders. The Coast Guard will now spend the next several months conducting a review and analysis of the comments and supporting materials, before determining how to proceed.

“We appreciate the time and insight provided during this comment period,” said Capt. E.J. Marohn, Chief of external affairs for the First Coast Guard District. “We received comments from governmental representatives, recreational boaters, concerned citizens, land owners, environmental groups, and business owners.”

The Coast Guard’s primary goal in this case, as in all others, is to protect the environment and facilitate safe navigation up and down the Hudson River.

To ensure transparency with the public on this process, the Coast Guard provided this Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the invested communities urging feedback. Should the Coast Guard propose to establish new anchorages on the Hudson River, it will continue to follow the Federal Rulemaking Process. The next step in that process would be to develop the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, initiate an additional comment period, conduct environmental studies, and town hall meetings.

The link to the ANPRM for the anchorages can be found by clicking here.

The June 17, 2016 press release can be found by clicking here.

The Sept. 1, 2016 press release can be found by clicking here.

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay rescues man who fell from a cliff  Follow link

December 5, 2016 11:18 pm

The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell from a beachside bluff in vicinity of Trinidad Calif., Dec. 5, 2016. The survivor was then hoisted from the base of the cliff and transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries. U.S. Coast Guard video.

McKinleyville, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell from a beachside bluff in vicinity of Trinidad Calif., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 01:55 p.m., by the Humboldt County Sheriff office that a man fell down a steep embankment onto the rocky beach below and suffered a broken leg. CALFIRE responders arrived on scene and provided medical attention to the survivor but could not move him to safety due to terrain and injuries.

An Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-60 Dolphin Helicopter crew was launched to recover the survivor and transport him to safety.

The helicopter arrived on scene at approximately 2:40 p.m. and lowered the rescue swimmer to assess the survivor and prepare him for transport to a local hospital.

The survivor was then hoisted from the base of the cliff and transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries.

Coast Guard to host tours aboard cutters at Aloha Tower, Honolulu, as part of Pearl Harbor 75th  Follow link

December 5, 2016 10:52 pm

The crew of USCGC Galveston Island (WPB 1349), homeported in Honolulu, lowers their small boat to take a boarding team to the 71-foot commercial fishing vessel Lady Ann Margaret for a fisheries boarding more than 350 miles off Oahu in support of the Coast Guard's Ocean Guardian Strategy March, 4, 2016. The crew of USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722) transit toward the 400-foot cargo vessel BBC Colorado, Oct. 7, 2016, south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, due to the vessel becoming disabled while in transit across the Pacific. The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performs during a Sunset Parade aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 3) as part of Fleet Week New York City 2009.

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HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is offering free public tours of two cutters as part of the observance of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor at Aloha Tower in Honolulu Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday the Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will also perform in front of the cutter at Aloha Tower at 2 p.m.

The USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349), a 110-foot patrol boat, will be moored at Aloha Tower Pier 9 providing free public tours Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722), a 378-foot high endurance cutter, will be moored at Aloha Tower Pier 9 providing free public tours Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.

Please come by and tour the cutter and visit with Coast Guard men and women who serve aboard before viewing the Pearl Harbor Parade. Pants or shorts and closed toed shoes are recommended.

The Galveston Island crew conducts search and rescue, law enforcement and fisheries patrols in the Main Hawaiian Islands region. The Morgenthau also conducts these missions, but frequently farther afield in Pacific Ocean and Alaskan waters. Morgenthau's crew recently returned from an Alaskan patrol and are hosting the @USCG Instargam this week. Check it out at or @USCG on your app.

Imagery available: Coast Guard participates in Pearl Harbor 75th observance; honors survivors  Follow link

December 5, 2016 7:50 pm

Crewmembers from various units throughout the Coast Guard 14th District greet a World War II veteran from an American airline honor flight from Los Angeles at the Honolulu International Airport, Dec. 3, 2016. Dec. 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. Cmdr. Frank Erickson pictured at his desk at Air Station Brooklyn, which became a helicopter training base, serving as executive officer until from Sept. 1943 to May, 1944, and then as its commanding officer for a year. A World War II veteran poses next to an old photograph of himself while being greeted by several military and various personnel after the arrival of an American Airline honor flight from Los Angeles at the Honolulu International Airport, Dec. 3, 2016. More than 100 World War II veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors, arrived to Honolulu to participate in the remembrance events throughout the week to honor the courage and sacrifices of those who served during Dec. 7, 1941, and throughout the Pacific Theater.

U.S. Coast Guard honor flight photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.
U.S. Coast Guard Erickson photo Coast Guard file photo.

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HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, alongside the other armed services, are observing the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Oahu, this week.

Coast Guard men and women are participating in a number of events around the island to honor the survivors and the sacrifices of the more than 2,000 Americans killed in the attacked. The Coast Guard was also present in Oahu and served alongside our shipmates during the attack.

One of the most prominent lasting effects of Pearl Harbor on the Coast Guard is the way we conduct search and rescue. The Coast Guard conducted a medevac of an ill mariner north of Oahu as recently as Sunday. This case illustrates the importance of the hoist capable helicopters regularly used to provide lifesaving assistance to mariners around the nation. This capability was actually born out of the events of Dec. 7th and Pearl Harbor. Coast Guard Lt. Frank Erickson served in Hawaii that day and after. He witnessed the death of thousands of sailors who couldn’t safely be reached and rescued. He went on to work with Igor Sikorsky to build an experimental hoist capable helicopter and was the Coast Guard’s first helicopter pilot. His intuition and ingenuity completely redefined the way the Coast Guard performs search and rescue and provided for this mariner’s rescue. More can be read about Erickson's story here:

Other crews and assets involved in Dec. 7, 1941, include:

USCGC Kukui (WAGL 225) was positioned at Pier 4 in Honolulu when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. As the buoy tender was unarmed, they remained dockside, at Pier 4 until further instruction was passed. The Army requested the Kukui transport a combat squad to Ni’ihau in response to the reports of Japanese aviators having landed there. They arrived with the squad to find the aviators deceased.

USCGC Tiger (WSC 152) was under Navy jurisdiction and assigned to the local defense forces of the 14th Naval District. Equipped with depth charges, listening gear and firearms, Tiger was designed to interdict smugglers who attempted to unload booze during the height of Prohibition. Early on Dec. 7, 1941, they intercepted dispatch from a Navy destroyer that claimed the destruction of an enemy submarine. They continued the patrol eastward toward the Pearl Harbor entrance and around 8 a.m. started taking fire from an unknown source. They guarded the entrance all day and throughout the night, even taking what is now thought to be friendly fire in the darkness from Army units along the shore that assumed the ship was a foreign threat.

CG-8 lay moored to Pier 4 in Honolulu Harbor when the Japanese attacked. The crew of six went to general quarters and prepared to get the vessel underway. At approximately 9 a.m., CG-8 moved to Sand Island to pick up the depot keeper while bombs exploded nearby. CG-8 proceeded back across the channel to Kewalo Basin and was strafed by Japanese aircraft while en route. At the basin CG-8 prohibited the small private vessels and sampans from leaving until Naval Intelligence could clear the owners. After the two waves of Japanese planes withdrew, the Coast Guard secured the port areas, blacked out all navigational aids and stationed guards along the waterfront.

The morning of Dec. 7, 1941, USCGC Taney (WPG 37) was tied up at Pier 6 in Honolulu Harbor six miles away from the naval anchorage. After the first Japanese craft appeared over the island, Taney 's crew went to general quarters and made preparations to get underway. While observing the attack over Pearl Harbor, Taney received no orders to move and did not participate in the initial attack by the Japanese. Just after 9 a.m., when the second wave of planes began their attack on the naval anchorage, Taney fired on high altitude enemy aircraft with her 3-inch guns and .50 caliber machine guns. The extreme range of the planes limited the effect of the fire and the guns were secured after twenty minutes.

The USCGC Walnut (WAGL 252) was patrolling Midway Atoll to conduct aids to navigation work, 1,200 miles northwest of Oahu when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941. Upon receiving word of the attack, the Walnut crew ensured that all lights were immediately extinguished to prevent the enemy from using the aids as a navigational reference. That night, about 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii, Japanese destroyers shelled Midway Island. At 9:30 p.m. the unarmed buoy tender Walnut observed gun flashes from the northwest. Shells began landing within 100 feet of the ship, but Walnut remained anchored during the 30-minute attack. During this attack, a U.S. PBY Flying Boat crashed in Midway Lagoon within the Walnut’s vicinity. Walnut’s crewmembers recovered the injured aircrew, ultimately saving their lives. Walnut continued to complete aids to navigation work, conduct search and rescue, and run convoy missions.

Dec. 10, 1941, John Sweeney, the keeper of Barbers Point Light Station, witnessed an aerial attack and recounts the events in this after action report. According to Sweeney, "At 8 a.m., many planes were seen overhead, both Japanese and ours. Dog fighting continued for twenty minutes, bullets hitting the ground in bursts. Then all planes headed south, our planes chasing them. Two parachutists were dropped close to the station; they were confused in the kiawi trees and prowled around the station all Sunday night, the Fort Kam. 55th C.A. boys firing at them with rifles and machine guns. One was wounded, and was later found on the beach, buried by his mate. His feet were sticking out of the sand. The other was later shot by an officer."

More about the Coast Guard in Pearl Harbor including first hand account and narratives can be viewed at:

Editors note: Media interested in interviewing Coast Guard pilot Lt. Matthew Chase about Erickson's story may contact Lt. Scott Carr, Coast Guard at 808-291-3394. Chase will be available to discuss Erickson, Coast Guard aviation as related to the events of Pearl Harbor and the service’s current missions in Hawaii and the Pacific.

Coast Guard conducts MEDEVAC near Race Rock, N.Y.  Follow link

December 5, 2016 1:47 pm

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Coast Guard Station New London crewmembers medically evacuated a man near Race Rock in Southold, New York, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification at approximately 11:15 a.m., reporting a 56-year old diabetic man aboard a tug boat who had been vomiting for 24-hours and requested a medical evacuation.

A Station New London 29-foot Response Boat small (RBS) conducting training in the area diverted to the tug boat’s location and was on scene in approximately 10 minutes.

The station rescue crew carefully transferred the man aboard the RBS and safely transported him to Station New London, Conn., where emergency medical services were waiting.

VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard Rescues 4 in New River Inlet, NC  Follow link

December 5, 2016 12:26 pm

Personnel from Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoist four people out of the water in New River Inlet on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2016. The helicopter crew responded after it was reported a 27-foot boat had run aground and was taking on water in the New River Inlet.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued four men from a boat in New River Inlet, North Carolina, Sunday.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington were notified that a 27-foot boat ran aground and was taking on water near New River Inlet, at around 5 p.m.

An MH-60 helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene at approximately 7 p.m.

It was reported one passenger experienced chest pains while Coast Guard air crews were en route.

The four men were hoisted and transferred to Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina where they were met by awaiting EMS.

For breaking news, follow the 5th District on Twitter @USCGMidAtlantic.

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