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USCG Seizes Suspicious Vessel Near Golden Gate Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard took an uncooperative sailor into custody after leading a chase near the Golden Gate Bridge, NBC reported The Sailboat captain, who NBC identified as David John McCormick, was arrested Sunday evening after allegedly refusing to allow USCG aboard his vessel and assaulting a Coast Guard Officer. No injuries were reported. McCormick’s vessel, a 30-foot sailboat, drew suspicion near Sausalito because it had no flag or identification on the hull. USCG requested to board the boat, and the captain refused permission to board. McCormick declared that he had weapons and a USCG attempt to board the boat would stir violence. When the Coast Guard requested a backup patrol boat, McCormick cut the mooring line and headed out to sea, tailed by USCG patrol boat Sockeye and a 47-foot motor lifeboat, NBC reported, and the alleged assault occurred when the Coast Guard boarded the boat about 2.5 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. McCormick was taken into custody and his sailboat was towed to Sausalito. According to NBC, McCormick has passports from New Zealand and Ireland, and he had bought his 45-foot sailboat in Alameda and it was berthed in Berkeley. The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco is expected to decide this afternoon what charges McCormick will face. Source: NBC, USCG, Staff


Royal Caribbean Ship Saves Two Sailors

A Royal Caribbean International ship has made another dramatic rescue of sailors floating alongside their sinking vessels. One week after Radiance of the Seas saved three Canadian fishermen off the western coast of Canada, Nordic Empress conducted an emergency rescue in the Atlantic. Nordic Empress departed Hamilton, Bermuda, on Friday afternoon, June 20, for a return sailing to New York. At approximately 9 p.m., in 30-knot winds and nine-foot seas


Caterpillar Introduces Compact Marine Propulsion Engines

Caterpillar Inc. has launched its new 3034 DIT, 3034 DINA, 3054 DIT and 3054B DINA marine propulsion engines. The 3034, 3054 and 3054B engines are designed to offer outstanding reliability and durability in a very compact package size. Expanding upon the Cat 3000 line of engines introduced in 2000, these versatile, powerful engines can be applied in single or twin-engine workboat, fish boat, passenger ferry, patrol craft, sailboat or pleasure craft applications.


Coast Guard Calls Off Sailor Search

The Coast Guard called off its search Thursday for an acclaimed computer scientist whose sailboat has disappeared off Northern California, ending a four-day hunt. Despite unusually calm weather, searchers have exhausted any area Jim Gray could have drifted or sailed after leaving for a solo sailing trip Sunday to scatter his mother's ashes at sea, a Coast Guard spokesman said. A cargo plane, a helicopter and six patrol boats dispatched by the Coast Guard had scoured more than 132


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 1

1897- Federal Civil Service rules were applied to Life-Saving Service (under Executive Order May 6, 1896).   1916-The official birthday of Coast Guard aviation.  On this date LT Elmer F. Stone reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.  He was the Coast Guard's first naval aviator.   1945- Invasion of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands commenced.  In all, seven Coast Guard-manned transports, 29 LSTs, the cutters Bibb and Woodbine


Iridium Pilot Selected by International Europa and Vendee Globe Sailboat Race

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) is providing vital satellite broadband communications connectivity for sailors competing in the prestigious international Sailboat Races of the IMOCA Championship.   The Europa Warm'Up Race kicked off May 19 and runs through June 9, 2012. Twenty sailboats will be equipped with Iridium Pilot(TM) terminals, the new Iridium maritime broadband platform, as part of the telecommunications package provided by Geolink


Crowley Crew Rescues Two in Hurricane

The crew of Crowley marine service tug Attentive recently came to the rescue of two sailors trapped in hurricane force winds aboard the 35 ft. sloop Adana in the Gulf of Alaska. Adana crewmembers Mike Hunt and Marnee Allison were underway from Cordova to Yukatat when 75 to 100 mph winds and rough seas forced them to take cover in Port Etches on Hinchinbrook Island. Their sailboat had been dragging anchor and was in danger of running aground when they radioed the Attentive


This Day in Coast Guard History - Dec. 3

1852-Georgia grounded in a gale off Bonds, New Jersey with 290 persons on board. The life car was used to save them and all survived. 1883-The schooner Pallas with a crew of three men encountered strong head winds and heavy seas off Cape Cod, MA. About half past 5 in the morning, abreast of  Nausett lights, she sprung a leak and became unmanageable. Being close to the breakers, the crew was fearful they would be washed overboard as soon as she struck and took to their boat


This Day in Coast Guard History - Jan. 15

1836- A General Order from the Secretary of the Treasury prescribed that "Blue cloth be substituted for the uniform dress of the officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, instead of grey. . ." thereby ending a controversy that ad brewed for years regarding the uniforms of the Service. 1947- The first helicopter flight to the base "Little America" in Antarctica took place.  The pilot was LT James A


Willard Provides High-speed Umpire Boat for America’s Cup

Photo: Willard Marine

Those who have been watching the America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay may have noticed the high-speed umpire boat racing alongside the sailboats. The 43-ft. interceptor craft was provided by Willard Marine, a 56-year-old boat builder based in southern California. The boat is based on an offshore racing design and was originally built by Willard Marine for military special warfare missions, such as interdicting and boarding vessels in the open ocean


USCG Aids Grounded Boat Taking on Water

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it assisted two boaters Monday by transferring them off a grounded boat approximately 200 yards from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received notification at approximately 1 a.m


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


Family Rescued by U.S. Navy Heading Home

(U.S. Navy Photo)

A family of four rescued from their sailboat after the youngest of two children became seriously ill are due to return to California on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up over the weekend, Navy and Coast Guard officials said.


Rescued Family Returns Safely aboard Navy Ship

A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said.


nv charts Debuts New Cuba Southwest, Puerto Rico Chart Sets

Photo: nv charts

nv charts announced the release of their new chart set for Region 10.3 Cuba Southwest, covering the southwestern coast of Cuba. This new, updated, meticulously surveyed chart set has been much anticipated by sailors in the Caribbean who have wanted to visit the southwestern coastal area but have


HydroComp PropExpert Released

Figure 1 – Sizing and analysis details summary

Employed by more than 230 professionals in more than 20 countries, HydroComp PropExpert is the industry’s most widely used propeller sizing tool for inboard-driven workboats and pleasure craft. First introduced in 1996, PropExpert was principally developed to provide a reliable technical


Blowing in the “Vind”

(Images courtesy LADE AS)

Vindskip that is, a new ship shape claiming 60% Fuel Savings Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards


HOSTAR Moves WWII PT Boat

Photo: HOSTAR Marine

PT-728, one of the few remaining examples of the torpedo-armed fast attack craft that helped America win WWII, is no ordinary boat. To help move the vessel carefully, HOSTAR Marine used a hydraulic yard trailer. Portraying various sister boats


Man Rescued from Liferaft 20 Miles from Atlantic Beach

Coast Guard crewmembers use a boat hook to pull in a empty life raft after rescuing a man who abandoned his sinking sailing vessel ( U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Alyssa Petty)

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 51-year-old Jay White aboard a liferaft Tuesday after the man abandoned his 28-foot sailboat, Dove, 20 miles south of Atlantic Beach, N.C. White contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 7:15 a.m


Coast Guard, Navy Busy off U.S. Atlantic Coast

The Coast Guard, with the assistance of the Navy, saved four lives and responded to a total of five sailboats in distress off the Atlantic Coast Thursday and Friday. Coast Guard assets and personnel involved in Thursday and Friday's search


Yacht Rescue Involves Cutter in Long Tow

Getting a line on board: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard cutter 'Block Island' has completed a 150 miles tow over a 32-hour period of the disabled 54-foot yacht 'Zulu' with 3 persons on board during bad weather off the coast of North Carolina. The captain aboard the Zulu initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina


Return of the Electric Boat

f longer travel is in your plans, the Greenline 33 is the largest hybrid powerboat on the market today.

In the 1880s it was possible to cruise your way around London by an electric ferry on the River Thames. At its height, the river carried 13 launches, each measuring 28 ft. long. They glided along at five knots and had a range of about 60 miles.


USCG, Navy Responding to Disabled Sailboat off Va.

The Coast Guard is responding to a disabled sailboat with four people aboard in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Va. A representative from the manufacturer of the Be Good Too, a 42-foot sailboat, contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 1:30 p.m


Cruise Ship Plucks Migrants from Wooden Boat

By Peter Polack, Reuters Twenty-four Cubans were rescued from a rickety wooden boat by a passing cruise liner which took them to the Cayman Islands, ship owner Carnival Corp said, as growing numbers of migrants try to sail to Central America and eventually reach the United States.


USCG, Cargo Vessel Rescue 3 Boaters

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCH) and a Good Samaritan merchant vessel rescued three boaters Tuesday approximately 35 miles south of Fort Macon, N.C., the Coast Guard reported. At noon USCG Sector North Carolina command center watchstanders received a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the


 
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