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Coast Guard responds to collision on Mississippi River near Vacherie  Follow link

July 2, 2015 10:56 pm

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a collision between the two towing vessels, American Heritage and David G. Schert, near Vacherie, early on Thursday afternoon.

The collision resulted in several barges breaking loose; one barge, loaded with caustic soda, overturned but is out of the navigable waterway on the right descending bank, while the others were safely recovered.

The overturned barge released an unknown amount of caustic soda solution into the waterway. The worst case discharge is 23,672 gallons. This product will dissipate and neutralize soon after entering the water, posing minimal risk in the immediate vicinity of the barge. Drinking water authorities and surrounding parishes have been notified. Coast Guard and local responders are monitoring the incident.

The River is open to all traffic.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.



Coast Guard, local agency partners respond to family on grounded vessel  Follow link

July 2, 2015 6:55 pm

Coast Guard, local agency partners respond to family on grounded vessel Coast Guard, local agency partners respond to family on grounded vessel

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FRIPP ISLAND, S.C. — The Coast Guard, along with members from Fripp Island Rescue, responded to a family in distress, Thursday, after their vessel ran aground in the vicinity of Fripp Island.

The family of three, including an 11-year-old boy, is in good condition with no reported injuries.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the situation at 1 p.m., by phone call from Fripp Island Rescue. The report stated that a 13-foot pleasure craft was aground, and due to the shallow water in the area, the responding vessel was unable to get to the distressed boaters. With severe storms rolling through the area, it was determined the best course of action was to remove the passengers before the situation worsened.

A crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah was launched. Once on scene, the helicopter crew hoisted the family off their vessel and took them to Hilton Head Airport.

The boat the family was operating reportedly suffered no damage due to the grounding.

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

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Coast Guard reminds Fourth of July boating safety  Follow link

July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

SAN DIEGO - The Coast Guard reminds the public to exercise safe boating during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The week of July Fourth typically experiences a high number of boaters taking to the water. The Coast Guard advises the public to take responsibility for their safety on the beaches, lakes and waterways of California. Boaters should be aware of, and obey, all federal and state regulations for recreational boating and navigation.

Coast Guard statistics for calendar year 2014 show:

  • 4,064 accidents that involved 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and approximately $39 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • Seventy-eight percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 84 percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
  • Where instruction was known, 23 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction. Only nine percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
  • Twelve children under age 13 lost their lives while boating in 2014. Four children or 57 percent of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket, two were not required to by state law.
  • Approximately 21 percent of all loss-of-life cases were the result of boating under the influence.

All boaters should:

  • Always wear a life jacket. Since there is little time to reach for stowed vests when accidents occur, wearing one at all times reduces your risk of drowning. Federal law requires you to have a personal floatation device on board for each passenger.
  • File a float plan. A float plan is simply letting family and friends know where you are going and your expected time of return. File a float plan with someone who is not getting underway with you and stick to the plan. If you change plans, contact the person. A float plan assists responders in the search of an overdue boater who may be in distress.
  • Have a signaling device to communicate distress on the water. Boaters should have a marine-band radio, signal flares and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon to alert first responders. Boaters can reach the Coast Guard on marine-band radios on channel 16 24/7, and an EPIRB provides search-and-rescue coordinators with vital information such as phone numbers and the description and type of vessel, which allows the Coast Guard to effect a rescue much quicker.
  • Never boat under the influence. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms.


"Enjoy your Fourth of July boating weekend with your family and friends, but remember to make this holiday a safe one while you are out on the water," said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, commander, 11th Coast Guard District. "Boating safety is as important as highway safety. Ensure your family and friends are safe by having the proper Coast Guard-approved equipment on board, and be especially watchful of children. Lastly, never operate a boat while drinking alcohol, stay clear of any fireworks barges and other boaters who may be distracted by the festivities. Let's make this Fourth of July boating weekend a safe celebration."

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom and Coronado Fourth of July fireworks shows will start at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be total of five tug and barge combinations located off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, South Embarcadero, and within Glorietta Bay. A 1,000-foot safety zone will surround around each of the barges within north San Diego Bay and an 800-foot safety zone will surround the the barge in Glorietta Bay. More information can be found here. NOTE: The specific locations of the barges can be found on page 15.

For more boating information, go to http://www.uscgboating.org/




Imagery available: Coast Guard rescues 2 from grounded vessel on Sand Island, Wash.  Follow link

July 2, 2015 6:26 pm

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Coast Guard urges caution during the holiday weekend in the Pacific Northwest  Follow link

July 2, 2015 4:11 pm

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Traverse City's Coast Guard City designation to be renewed Saturday during National Cherry Festival  Follow link

July 2, 2015 4:03 pm

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City announces the City of Traverse City has received its designation renewal as a Coast Guard City.

The official presentation and celebration will take place at Traverse City's Open Space Park during the National Cherry Festival’s opening ceremonies Saturday at noon.

The opening ceremonies will be held on the cherry blast stage in the festival open space.

Many cities have made extraordinary efforts to support Coast Guard families. Helping Coast Guard families feel at home in their “home away from home” is an invaluable contribution to morale, service excellence and mission execution. The Coast Guard City program recognizes those communities that show long-term exceptional support to the Coast Guard team. Traverse City was originally designated as a Coast Guard City in 2010, but the designation is not intended as a lifetime award, but as recognition of an active and ongoing city commitment to support and honor the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard City designation remains in effect for five years, after which the city is required to apply for recertification.

"Traverse City is a remarkable community that puts forth tremendous effort to support Coast Guard men, women and families," said Capt. Sean Cross, commanding officer of Air Station Traverse City. "Re-designation as a Coast Guard City officially recognizes and acknowledges over 60 years of community support to our air station team. We are very fortunate to call Traverse City our home."

“We are excited to be a part of this announcement," said David Barr, president of the National Cherry Festival. “We are very proud of our partnerships with the men and women of Air Station Traverse City and the city” said Barr.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this news," said Traverse City Mayor Mike Estes, echoing Barr's statements. "The City of Traverse City, our Coast Guard City Committee and our Cherry Capital Airport and National Cherry Festival partners, put a great deal of effort into the recertification efforts, and it’s a great outcome.”

Cross will present the Coast Guard City re-designation letter to Estes.

To learn more about Coast Guard City designation, visit www.uscg.mil/community/Coast_Guard_Cities.asp.



PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, NJ, transfers command  Follow link

July 2, 2015 3:01 pm

Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., hosted a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen) Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., hosted a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen) Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, delivers his remarks during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen) Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore delivers his remarks during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.
Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, awards the Coast Guard Commendation Medal to Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., hosted a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson (left) relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore (right) of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen) Lt. Noel Johnson delivers his remarks during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J. During the ceremony, Johnson relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., hosted a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Noel Johnson relieved Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore of the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the multi-mission small-boat station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard Station Atlantic City held a change-of-command ceremony Thursday.

Lt. Cmdr. C.K. Moore transferred the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer to Lt. Noel Johnson during the ceremony.

Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, presided over the ceremony.

Moore will transfer to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Johnson takes command of the station after serving at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Station Atlantic City is crewed by 52 active duty men and women, as well as 22 enlisted reservists. The unit also draws support from five Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas.

The crew’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection for approximately 250 square miles of ocean, back bays and inlets.

The unit also operates a seasonal rescue station, Station Great Egg, in nearby Ocean City. Together the units conduct about 400 search and rescue cases a year.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time honored naval tradition that formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. It is unique among federal agencies in that it is at all times an armed service, while also a humanitarian, regulatory, law enforcement, environmental and emergency management agency.



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