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Coast Guard seizes 4 miles of illegal gill net off South Padre Island, Texas  Follow link

November 30, 2015 6:50 pm

Station South Padre Island 45-foot response boat crew seize illegal gill net near the U.S. and Mexico border, Sunday.A shark sits on the deck of a 45-foot response boat after being caught in illegal gill net near the U.S. and Mexico border.A South Padre Island 45-foot response boat crew offloads 4 miles of illegal gill net.

A Coast Guard boat crew hauls in 4 miles of illegal gill net seized off South Padre Island. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard seized 4 miles of illegal gill net about 1,000 yards off South Padre Island, Sunday.

At 11:49 p.m., a good Samaritan on Boca Chica Beach called watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi to report that he saw a small open-top boat deploy fishnet and then depart the area, leaving an orange buoy and flag.

The watchstanders immediately launched a Station South Padre Island 45-foot response boat crew to investigate the area.

The boat crew seized the gill net just 2 miles north of the U.S. and Mexico border.

Seven black-tipped sharks were recovered from the net, three of which were dead. Various other types of fish were also recovered from the net.

"We routinely catch Mexican fisherman illegally fishing in the U.S. waters in vessels that match the description given to us by this beachcomber," said Capt. Tony Hahn, the commanding officer of Sector Corpus Christi. "We rarely see them using gill nets and fishing so close to the U.S. shoreline. I applaud this person for reporting this to the Coast Guard and helping us protect our vital resources."

If you witness suspicious or illegal fishing in state waters (out to 9 miles offshore), please contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s “Operation Game Thief” at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). For all suspicious or illegal fishing occurring in federal waters (out to 200 miles offshore), please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 361-939-6393.

UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing 48-year-old man  Follow link

November 30, 2015 2:58 pm

CLEARWATER, Fla. —The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing 48-year-old boater in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Monday.

The search for Jeffery John Reinhardt, 48, of Englewood, Florida, was suspended at 12 p.m. Monday following nearly a three day search along the Gulf coast of Florida.

At 11:08 p.m., Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call from a man reporting his father had not arrived home on time. Reinhardt was believed to be aboard his 25-foot boat.

At 11:25 p.m. a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescue boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach was launched and commenced the search.

At 4:42 a.m. Saturday, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, reported finding the missing boat. A life jacket was missing, but was later recovered at Reinhardt's residence.

"Our sincerest condolences and sympathies go out to the friends and family of Jeffery," said Capt. Gregory Case, commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "We have made the difficult decision to suspend our search. Despite our best efforts, searching alongside multiple agencies, we have been unable to locate him."

Coast Guard rescue crews involved in the search covered more than 5,100 square nautical miles during 29 separate searches since Friday evening.

Search and rescue crews included personnel from:

  • Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach
  • Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Lee County
  • Collier County
  • Charlotte County

Coast Guard continues rescue assistance effort on Mt. Jefferson  Follow link

November 30, 2015 2:51 pm

WARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard aircrews assisted several national and local agencies to search for a woman and her 32-year-old husband, who was reported to have fallen into a crevasse on Mt. Jefferson Monday.

Over the course of more than 14 hours, two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria assisted in the pickup and delivery of 15 Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit team members to a site where they able to better access the missing hikers.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders in Warrenton were contacted at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, requesting helicopter support for the search.

The Air Force, who organized the search effort between members from Marion County emergency response agencies, Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit, the National Guard and the Coast Guard, said they received a call from the man's wife, who reported the couple was attempting to summit Mt. Jefferson when her husband slid 500 feet down a slope and into a crevasse.

An aircrew launched with a member of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit on board. Together, the crew assessed local conditions and requested further support to reach the man.

Coast Guard aircrews then ferried the members of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit to a landing site about 1.5 miles from the crevasse, where the team then hiked to the couple's reported location.

"Due to the rugged terrain of Mt. Jefferson, this has been a complex, multi-agency effort," said Greg Merten, the Sector Columbia River watchstander who received the call from the Air Force. "Our ability to partner with other agencies allowed us to expedite the delivery of the mountain rescue teams to the woman and her missing husband."

The air temperature on site was reported to be 20 degrees, and the altitude at the location of the crevasse was reported to be 8,900 feet.

Coast Guard repatriates 108 Cuban migrants  Follow link

November 30, 2015 11:32 am

MIAMI — The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton and Charles David Jr., repatriated 108 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday.

These repatriations are a result of seven separate interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. These were interdictions of Cuban nationals attempting to illegally enter the United States on unseaworthy vessels commonly referred to as "rustics" or "chugs." In each instance, the Coast Guard not only helped secure the U.S. border, but also prevented these perilous sea voyages from ending in tragedy.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies aggressively patrol the Florida Straits to detect and deter illegal and unsafe maritime migration. Safety of life at sea is always the Coast Guard's top priority.

"U.S. immigration policies have not changed and we urge people not to take to the ocean in unseaworthy vessels. It is illegal and extremely dangerous," said Capt. Mark Fedor, the chief of response for the Coast Guard's 7th District. "Once migrants are interdicted at sea, they will be returned to their country of origin."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

So far in fiscal year 2016, 915 Cuban migrants have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. via the sea. These numbers represent the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the U.S., call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at

FEATURE RELEASE: Thanksgiving with Coast Guard Station Annapolis  Follow link

November 30, 2015 10:24 am

A Thanksgiving platter. FS3 Jonathan Scabis prepares lunch.
FS2 John Abell cuts a Thanksgiving ham.

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala

The autumn air was crisp. Laughter grew louder as the sound of shuffling feet approached. The aromas of turkey and stuffing filled the air. It was Thanksgiving Day, it was lunchtime and the crew was hungry.

Thanksgiving is a holiday usually spent with family, but there will always be Coast Guard crews on duty, unable to take time off. For food service specialists, this means helping to create a sense of morale and an atmosphere of celebration. What better way to create morale than to serve everyone’s favorite, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal?

“Being away from family during the holidays is overwhelming in a way,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Wieduwilt, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Maryland. “I’m originally from St. Louis and sometimes it’s hard to get back home. It really makes you feel left out.”

For the duty crew, the Thanksgiving meal is a way to come together and spend time with their second family when they aren’t able to spend time with their real family at home.

“We all come together,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Scabis, a food service specialist at Station Annapolis. “We push all the tables together to make it one big table. We are one big family, but now we’re eating like one big family, too. It’s really cool.”

Scabis said he begins cooking early in the morning to make sure he has plenty of time to complete the turkey and all of the side dishes.

Though there is already plenty of food to go around, the local community also brings food to the duty crew on Thanksgiving.

“We’re in a great community,” Wieduwilt said. “We enjoy all of the extra desserts.”

After the holiday meal, the entire crew helps clean up before retiring to the recreation room or TV lounge.

“When the crew enjoys the food, I feel like I’ve done my job,” said Scabis. “It always matters, but it’s really important this time of year. It feels good to bring a little bit of home to the crew members on duty who can’t actually be home.”

“Last year, we put up the Christmas decorations and decorated the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving dinner,” said Wieduwilt. “I’m sure we’ll do it again this year.”

Station Annapolis held a change-of-command ceremony this summer during which Senior Chief Petty Officer William Krukowski joined the crew as the officer in charge. Instead of spending Thanksgiving at home with his family, he will be joining the duty crew for Thanksgiving dinner and to spend the rest of the evening with them.

“This year, I chose to spend time with the crew because they are my extended family,” said Krukowski. “I want them to know that even though they may have to be away from their families during the holidays, their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. It is appreciated by me and our nation.”

The holiday season is a time of coming together, bonding and making memories. The crew of Station Annapolis does just that each year.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays!

Coast Guard medevacs boy from cruise over 10 miles offshore Galveston, Texas  Follow link

November 29, 2015 8:35 pm

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard boat crew medevaced a 12-year-old boy from a cruise ship 10 miles offshore Galveston, Sunday evening.

At 4:30 p.m. Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the crew of the cruise ship Caribbean Princess for the medevac of a passenger suffering from abdominal pains.

Watchstanders launched a Station Galveston 45-foot boat crew with Galveston EMS personnel aboard which arrived on scene at 5:25 p.m. and picked up the boy and his his two relatives.

He was taken by ambulance from Station Galveston to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and reported in stable condition.

"Timely coordination from ship to shore allowed the child to receive adequate medical attention," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Linberg, a watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston. "The Coast Guard was able to respond quickly despite the weather."

Coast Guard recovers body of M/V Berkay N crew member north of Puerto Rico  Follow link

November 29, 2015 6:19 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews located and recovered the body of a missing crew member from the 275-foot Chilean-flagged cargo vessel Berkay N Saturday, approximately 25 nautical miles north of Hatillo, Puerto Rico.

The death and circumstances that caused Luis Leyva Aliaga, 62, a Chilean national and First Engineer aboard the Berkay N, to go overboard from the Berkay N remain undetermined and are being investigated.

The Berkay N was en route from Gibraltar to Cuba transiting approximately 45 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico when Leyva Aliaga was last seen and later reported missing.

“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of this mariner during this most difficult time,” said Capt. Robert Warren, Sector San Juan commander.

Coast Guard rescue crews began searching for Leyva Aliaga Thursday morning when Sector San Juan watchstanders received a VHF, channel 16, marine radio communication from the Berkay N reporting him missing, after he did not report to his scheduled watch at 4 a.m. Thursday and the crew was unable to locate him onboard. Leyva Aliaga reportedly was last seen in the ship’s galley at11p.m. Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received notification from a Good Samaritan Vessel Friday night, approximately 35 nautical miles off the northern coast of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, that had located but was unable to recover the body of a man floating in the water wearing blue coveralls.

The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen conducted a first light search Saturday morning and located the body of the missing crew member. The crew of the Coast Guard helicopter vectored-in the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez that recovered and transported the crew member's body to Sector San Juan, where it was transferred to awaiting Puerto Rico Police and Forensic authorities.

Coast Guard assets involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans
  • Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen
  • MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod
  • HC-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

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