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This Day in Coast Guard History – July 19

1883- At half past 1 in the afternoon, a boy named Frank Little, eight years old, while playing upon the Government wharf at Sand Beach, Michigan, fell overboard, and would have been drowned but for the assistance of Surfman James McCash, of Sand Beach Station (Tenth District), who hurried to the spot just in time to save him. 2001- The first set of the newly authorized Helicopter Rescue Swimmer insignia, or ‘wings’, were presented to the senior rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard, Master Chief Aviation Survival Technician (AST) Keith Jensen, at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


Bulk Carrier Abandoned Near Port of Richards Bay, S. Africa

Bulk Carrier Smart aground: Photo credit NSRI

The 230m long, Panama-flagged bulk carrier 'Smart' with a full cargo of coal ran aground within a few hundred meters of South Africa's major coaling port of Richards Bay, and the crew (with pilot) were taken off by helicopter as the vessel's hull began to split apart in the heavy swell. Three Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tug boats were in attendance of the outbound coal cargo ship 'Smart' on a shallow sand bank adjacent to the Port exit channel where they were attempting to


Coast Guard Locates Capsized Vessel with EPIRB

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to a mayday call at 7:40 p.m. that was sent out by a 406-megahertz EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. The signal was positioned 3 Nautical Miles S.W. of Race Rocks in Canadian waters. The EPIRB allowed rescue personnel to quickly locate the capsized trimeran, the "Red Shift" and her crew of four. A Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles and the Coast Guard Cutter Osprey were


Corpus Christi Coast Guard Members to Receive Awards

Local Coast Guard personnel from Sector Corpus Christi will be receiving personal awards for their heroism during Hurricane Katrina in an awards ceremony Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Helicopter aircrew members will be presented several awards including the Coast Guard Medal, The Air Medal and six Coast Guard Commendation Medals. Aviation Survival Technician Third Class Robert Williams is to receive the Coast Guard Medal


This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 12

1802-Revenue Marine had a total of 38 commissioned officers in service: 9 captains, 10 first mates, 9 second mates and 10 third mates. 1983-The 605-foot collier Marine Electric capsized and sank off Virginia during a gale.  Three of the 34 crewmen on board were rescued by Coast Guard and Navy assets.  This sinking and consequent loss of life contributed to the establishment of a permanent rescue swimmer program for the Coast Guard.


Coast Guard Promotes Female Rescue Swimmer

CPO  Karen Voorhees: Photo credit USCG

Chief Petty Officer Karen Voorhees is the first woman to be advanced to chief petty officer in the rate of aviation survival technician. “In 1976 we had the first female graduate from aviation survivalman school. In 1986 we had the first female graduate from a navy rescue swimmer school. Twenty-seven years later we have the first aviation survival technician promoted to the rank of chief petty officer,” said Capt. Joe Kimball, commanding officer of Air Station Miami.


IMO Exceptional Bravery at Sea Awards 2012

Able Seaman César Flores: Photo credit IMO

Canadian & Chilean rescuers presented with Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2012 at IMO HQ in London. Sergeant Janick Gilbert (posthumously), Master Corporal Max Lahaye-Lemay and Master Corporal Marco Journeyman, crew members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron, were nominated by the Government of Canada, in recognition of the exceptional bravery which was displayed by them


Coast Guard Medevacs Shrimper Crewman

Fishing vessel Poncho at its moorings on Vermillion Bay in Morgan City. (Photo provided by Marine Ventures Inc.)

A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 45-year-old crewman from a 100-foot shrimper approximately 60 miles south of Intracoastal City in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a request from the fishing vessel Poncho at approximately 5 p.m. reporting a crewman was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to launch.


Man Medevaced from Charter in GoM

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer is lowered to the Osprey II and a man suffering from chest pains is hoisted back up Saturday near Port Mansfield, Texas. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Corpus Christi.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that it rescued a 55-year-old man Saturday, who was suffering from chest pains while out on a charter boat approximately 22 miles northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. According to the USCG report, at approximately 11:20 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island received a VHF radio call from the captain of the 55-foot charter boat, the Osprey II, requesting assistance


Chief Engineer Medevaced from Cargo Ship off Galveston

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced the chief engineer off a cargo ship, Monday, after he began experiencing stroke-like symptoms, 85 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center received a notification relayed from the 892-foot cargo vessel Altair, at approximately 5:30 a.m., stating that the chief engineer, a 61-year-old man, suffering from stoke-like symptoms


Firefighting Ferry Crew Awarded for Bravery

2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea: Captain Andreas Kristensen with the medal he and his crew of the Britannia Seaways received. (Photo: IMO)

Britannia Seaways crew who fought raging fire in heavy seas receive 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the Britannia Seaways


7 Rescued from Sinking Freighter Near Haiti

7 Saved from Sinking freighter

   Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating


Seven Rescued from Sinking Freighter near Haiti

Seven crewmembers were rescued after the 100-foot coastal freighter Calypso began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a


USCG Rescues Mariner from Boat Near Maui

Coast Guard Station Maui at Māʻalaea,

  A man is safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 46 miles southwest of Kahoolawe, Maui, Saturday. At 10:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a friend of the vessel’s operator reporting that the


Coast Guard, Navy Rescue Injured Crewman

A medical corpsman from Coast Guard Cutter Assateague requested the evacuation after being transported aboard the vessel to assess the crewmembers injuries. The HSC-25 crew from Andersen Air Force Base safely hoisted the injured crewmember and transported him to awaiting EMS at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. HSC-25 maintains a 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation alert posture, directly supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam command center received notification at 11:40 a.m. Sunday of an injured crewmember aboard the merchant vessel Tenso approximately 362 miles east of Guam. The Liberian-flagged cargo ship Tenso requested a medical evacuation for a 39-year-old male


USS Bataan Rescues 282 in Mediterranean Sea

Rescue scene: Photo USN

USS Bataan and USS Elrod (FFG 55) saved the passengers from their sinking small vessel.  USS Bataan provided food, water, medical attention and temporary shelter before tranferring 277 to the Armed Forces of Malta patrol craft P61, and the remainder to hospital in Malta.


USCG Medevacs Chief Mate from Cargo Vessel

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew medevaced a Russian man Sunday, who was coughing up blood and had difficulty breathing while his ship was anchored about 11 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. The crew of the cargo ship Saimaagracht contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders


Trans-Tasman Sea Kayaker Airlifted to Safety

A sea kayaker: File photo

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson has been successfully rescued from his kayak 83 kilometres off the Taranaki Coast, south-west of New Plymouth, says Maritime NZ. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand organised for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to fly to Scott’s location and


Pumps Reach Sinking Shrimper Just in Time

Shrimp boat salvage: Photo USCG

A commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville is slowly making its way back to port, thanks to some quick actions by its crew and Coast Guard units, informs the US Coastguard, Sector Corpus Christi as follows: The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from the


Video: USCG Medevacs Tanker Captain

Image: USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced the captain of a tanker approximately 50 miles offshore of Corpus Christi Wednesday morning. Watch the video here. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center were notified Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m


Coast Guard Medevacs Seafarer From Tanker off Galveston

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 32-year-old crewmember off an Italian-flagged tanker Aug. 20, 2014 after he suffered an injury from a snapped fender wire that struck his chest 38 miles off Galveston, Texas.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 32-year-old crewmember off an Italian-flagged tanker Wednesday, after he suffered an injury from a snapped fender wire that struck his chest 38 miles off Galveston, Texas. At 4:20 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston


USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

US Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the injured woman and transported


Airlift Video: Sick Sailor Taken Off Containership

Medevac by helicopter: Photo USCG

US Coastguard Corpus Christi inform that a rescue helicopter has medevaced the crewmember of a container ship approximately 40 miles offshore of South Padre Island. The Coast Guard's 8th District watchstanders notified the Sector Corpus Christi Command Center at around 6:30 p.m


Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

Admiral Thad Allen, 23rd Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Seventh District will take place on November 13 at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami


Video: USCG Medevacs Navy Sailor off Virginia

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., medevacs a man from a U.S. Navy vessel off the Virginia coast

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced a man Wednesday from a Navy vessel off the Virginia coast after watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth received a request for the medevac from the USS Barry who reported a 36-year-old crewmember was experiencing chest pains at






 
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