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Coast Guard medevacs man from Longboat Pass near Sarasota, Fla.  Follow link

October 25, 2014 10:27 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 29-year-old man was medevaced by the Coast Guard from a commercial fishing vessel in Longboat Pass near Sarasota, Florida Saturday.

A crewmember, aboard the Rachelle J Belle contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg via VHF-FM channel 16 reporting a crewmember was experiencing flu like symptoms.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevaced.

A 29-foot Response Boat—Small II crew from Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, arrived on scene, medevaced the man and transported him to the Coquina Boat Ramp in Sarasota where he was transported to emergency medical personnel for further treatment.



UPDATE PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard medevacs man 12 miles west of Port Richey, Fla.  Follow link

October 24, 2014 11:48 pm

Mark Goldfeder, an EMS tech, from Tarpon Springs, Florida, Fire and Rescue, checks the vital signs of a 55 year-old male, aboard a Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, 45-foot Response-Boat Medium, following a medevac, Oct. 24, 2014. The boatcrew transferred the man to a Tarpon Springs Fire and Rescue marine unit for further medical treatment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Sappo)
The Royal Casino 1 cruise ship sits 12 miles west of Port Richey, Florida, after a 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, medevaced a 55-year-old man from the vessel, Oct. 24, 2014. The boatcrew transferred the man to a Tarpon Springs Fire and Rescue marine unit for further medical treatment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Sappo

St. Petersburg, Fla. — A 55-year-old man was medevaced by the Coast Guard and local EMS from a cruise ship 12 miles west of Port Richey, Florida, Friday.

Rescued was Armand Rane.

A crewmember, from the Royal Casino 1 cruise ship, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, stating Rane, a passenger aboard the cruise, was experiencing low blood sugar symptoms and chest pains.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevaced.

A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, with Tarpon Springs, Florida, Fire and Rescue EMS personnel aboard, arrived on scene and medevaced Rane. He was then transferred to a Tarpon Springs Fire and Rescue marine unit at Aclote Key, Florida, for further medical treatment.

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Coast Guardsman teaches water rescue to cub scouts in South Texas  Follow link

October 24, 2014 9:11 pm

Rescue swimmer with Cub Scouts
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas McConnell, a rescue swimmer from the local Air Station, teaches Webelos from a Corpus Christi Cub Scout pack some water survival skills Tuesday. The scouts asked the Coast Guard for help with their Aquanaut badges. U.S. Coast Guard photo. More photos available on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local Corpus Christi pack of Webelos had a special guest from the Coast Guard teach them water rescue techniques Tuesday night.

Troops of Cub Scout Pack 949 worked to earn their Aquanaut Badges with help from a local Coast Guardsman. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas McConnell, a helicopter rescue swimmer, shared his knowledge and skills with the group of nine and 10 year olds.

The evening’s lesson was held at a local YWCA pool and started with a classroom session; the group discussed water safety, the importance of using proper floatation, and basic water rescue techniques. Mcconnell also shared stories of the rescues he has made in his five years of being a Coast Guard rescue swimmer.

The group then entered the pool where Mcconnell demonstrated techniques to help a drowning victim. He also showed them ways to control a panicking person while staying safe as a rescuer. After the demonstrations, the scouts then practiced the basic moves on each other while the rescue swimmer and parents supervised.

“I had a great time working with the scouts and teaching them skills they may use to help people in the future,” said Petty Officer McConnell. “As military members, we move around a lot throughout the country, events like this give us the opportunity to get involved and give back to the local community. I hope that someday, if these scouts are ever in a position to help a person in trouble, they will remember the training and have the confidence to save a life.”

“The boys were extremely impressed with the rescue swimmer’s confidence in the water and his ability to manage all of the possible rescue scenarios,” said Heather Reynolds, the Webelos den leader of Cub Scout Pack 949. “With Corpus Christi being a coastal community, water safety is extremely important. Establishing a relationship with the Coast Guard gives us a chance to continually educate our boys in such a vital skill.”

In all, 17 scouts participated in the training, taking a big step in earning their merit badges and learning some lifesaving skills. For future event requests, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Public Affairs Officer.



Coast Guard medevacs man 12 miles west of Port Richey, Fla.  Follow link

October 24, 2014 8:55 pm

St. Petersburg, Fla. — A 55-year-old man was medevaced by the Coast Guard and local EMS from a cruise ship 12 miles west of Port Richey, Florida, Friday.

Rescued was Armand Rane.

A crewmember, from the Royal Casino 1 cruise ship, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, stating Rane, a passenger aboard the cruise, was experiencing low blood sugar symptoms and chest pains.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevaced.

A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, with Tarpon Springs, Florida, Fire and Rescue EMS personnel aboard, arrived on scene and medevaced Rane. He was then transferred to a Tarpon Springs Fire and Rescue marine unit at Aclote Key, Florida, for further medical treatment.

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Coast Guard rescues person from water in Juneau, Alaska  Follow link

October 24, 2014 6:45 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers rescued a person from the water in Gastineau Channel near the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in Juneau early Friday morning.

A Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat - Small crew rescued the man from the water before transporting him to Aurora Harbor and turning him over to police custody.

Local residents contacted Juneau Police Department reporting a male voice yelling for help. The Juneau Police Department contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders around 1:15 a.m. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Station Juneau boat crew.

The Station Juneau boat crew located the man and recovered him at 1:49 a.m. The man was in an 8-foot row boat that he painted red. He stated he was attempting to reach his boat which is anchored in Auke Bay.

"Mariners are cautioned to wear a life jacket when operating a vessel at night," said Lt. Stacey Tate, command duty officer, Sector Juneau. "Thanks to the local residents who contacted police, we were able to reach the individual quickly."

The 8-foot row boat sank outside of the channel and does not pose a hazard to navigation.

The man was transported by Juneau police to Bartlett Hospital.



ARRT to host public meeting in Valdez, Alaska  Follow link

October 24, 2014 6:40 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Regional Response Team will be holding its next regular meeting at the Valdez Council chambers, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend either in person or telephonically and a public comment period is scheduled. Those wishing to comment must sign-up during the meeting. An agenda, contact information and dial in number for the meeting can be located on the ARRT website at www.alaskarrt.com

The ARRT is an interagency, intergovernmental coordinating group consisting of representatives of 14 federal agencies and the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation responsible for developing and maintaining policies for preparedness and response to discharges of oil and releases of other hazardous substances in Alaska and surrounding waters. The ARRT also has a supporting role in responding to such releases.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Mark Everett at 907-463-2804.



Coast Guard Cutter Sherman returns home from Eastern Pacific deployment  Follow link

October 24, 2014 5:41 pm

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SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman returned to its homeport of San Diego Friday after completing a 52-day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean participating in UNITAS 2014 and conducting counter maritime drug interdiction operations.

At the beginning of their deployment, Sherman was one of 14 partner nations that participated in UNITAS 2014 from Sept. 12 to Sept. 26. This exercise is a unity of effort between countries from Latin America and the United States. These partnering countries came together in Callao, Peru to focus on cooperation, understanding and partnership among their navies in order to respond as a unified force to a wide variety of maritime missions. UNITAS is the longest-running exercise of its type in the world and has been building ties with foreign navies since 1959.

“UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of both U.S. forces and partner nation maritime forces through complex and comprehensive multinational training at sea," said Capt. Kevin Jones, commanding officer Cutter Sherman. "The relationships forged in this exercise take on increased importance as the Coast Guard, our nation and international partners face significant risks to regional security and prosperity brought on by the rising threat of Transnational Organized Crime networks in the Western Hemisphere."

Toward the conclusion of its deployment, Sherman interdicted two suspected smuggling boats that resulted in the seizure of approximately 120 pounds of cocaine with a wholesale value of nearly $2 million.

The 46-year-old Sherman and the other Secretary-class, high endurance cutters, are being replaced by the Legend-class, national security cutters (NSCs). The NCSs are better equipped, more durable, safer, and more efficient than their predecessor, and will allow the Coast Guard to deliver its unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority, and lifesaving expertise wherever needed to protect American interests, today and for decades to come.



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