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Matson Ship Rescues 3 From Hurricane Stricken Sailboat

Sailboat Walkabout: Photo credit USCG

A container ship's crew rescued three people on Monday from their disabled sailboat after it took on water when it got caught in Hurricane Julio and encountered 30-foot waves hundreds of miles from Hawaii, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The crew of the cargo vessel Manukai brought the three people from the 42-foot sailboat on board shortly before 8 a.m. local time after previous attempts to rescue them failed because of rough weather, U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said. The crew of the sailboat, named the Walkabout and originally launched from Stockton, California, got into trouble about 400 miles northeast of the island of Oahu. They sent out a distress signal on Sunday morning as Hurricane Julio moved across the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian archipelago, according to the Coast Guard. The vessel was caught in winds of 92 to 115 miles per hour and 30-foot waves, and as it took on water, one of its hatches was blown away along with its life raft, the Coast Guard said. When the crew of the 661-foot cargo ship arrived on Sunday night, they also deployed a life raft for the Walkabout's crew, but conditions were still too rough for them to get into it, McKenzie said. The effort was abandoned because it was too dangerous to continue in the dark, she said. The rescue attempt resumed after daybreak on Monday with the crew of the cargo vessel pulling the sailboat to their ship with a line


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.


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


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


Centek Industries, 250,000 Lift Mufflers Sold

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Centek Industries is observing the sale of its 250,000th water lift muffler since the company’s founding in 1962. The Centek Vernalift muffler was originally manufactured for small auxiliary propulsion engines installed near or below the water line in sailboats. In the early 1970’s the Vernalift product line was expanded to include larger engines and today Vernalift mufflers are the lift muffler of choice by leading boat builders for engines from five to 2500 horsepower.


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


Rescue Underway for Sailboat Caught in Hurricane Julio

Sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio

  The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of a 42-foot sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu Sunday. Sailing vessel Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. On-scene conditions are reported as 92 to 115 mph winds with 30-foot seas


Emergency Beacon, Preparedness Save Mariner Off Diamond Head

Emergency Beacon

The Coast Guard rescued a man in a life raft after his sailboat sank approximately seven miles south of Diamond Head, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center overheard a brief mayday call over VHF channel 16 at 7:43 p.m., with no additional information.


Elco Launches Electric Outboard Motor Line

Image courtesy of Elco Motor Yachts

Expansion into outboard category brings benefits of electric propulsion to even more boaters Elco Motor Yachts, a company in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 28

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Boxer (CVA-21). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 28 1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton


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.


USCG Aids Rescue of 3 Sailors and a Dog off Bermuda

The USCG coordinated the rescue of three people and a dog Thursday, April 23, 2014 off Bermuda. The three people were rescued by the good Samaritan crew aboard the Tilda Kosan, a 351-foot tanker, after the 49-foot sailboat, the Blue Pearl, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo by crew of the Tilda Kosan provided to the U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) coordinated the rescue of three people and a dog Thursday approximately 900 miles northeast of Bermuda. Rescued was 29-year-old Henri Worthalter of Belgium, 55-year-old Leonard Rorke of the United Kingdom, 50-year-old Lisa Rorke of the United Kingdom and Dexter


Cheeki Rafiki Update: No sign of Missing British Sailors

Planes and ships from the United States, Canada, and Britain have turned up no fresh signs of four British sailors missing in the Atlantic, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday, adding search efforts would continue. The crew members on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went missing on Friday as


Three Sailors Rescued 350 Miles off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it coordinated the rescue of three people Thursday who were rescued by good Samaritans after their 41-foot sailboat, the Elusive, was beset by storms in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 350 miles east of Virginia Beach.


Lopolight Names E-LED N.American Distributor

Photo courtesy of Lopolight

Lopolight, a Denmark-based manufacturer of LED navigation lights, announced the formation of a new partnership with E-LED Lighting, Inc. of Jupiter, Florida. On July 1, 2014 E-LED Lighting, Inc. will become the new North American distributor for Lopolight.


Newport International Boat Show To Offer Exciting Program

Boat Show

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its '2014 At The Helm program' for this year’s Boat Show. The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 11-14, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup


Newport Int'l Boat Show Plans for Press Conference

Earlier Newport International Boat Show

  Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its plans for the 2014 State of the Industry Press Conference. This year, the event will take place on Friday, September 12th at 8:15 a.m. in Sunset Lounge at the end of Commercial Wharf


Matson Containership Diverted to Assist Hurricane Beset Sailboat

Matson Containership: Image courtesy of Matson Line

The US Coast Guard informs it is coordinating the rescue of a 42-foot sailboat stricken by Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu Sunday, and has diverted the 661-foot Matson Line container ship 'Manukai' to the location of the dismasted boat.






 
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