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Cal Maritime Training Ship Rescues Two

An Emergency Rescue Boat from the Cal Maritime training ship Golden Bear tows a stranded 17-ft. skiff back to the ship.  Golden Bear Chief Mate Bill Schmid (white helmet) and assistants (yellow helmets) assisted ship deck crew in lifting the stricken skiff aboard the ship along with the rescued fishermen for transport to San Francisco.  The Golden Bear diverted course on its final leg home from three-and-a-half months of training cruises to locate and rescue the fishermen after their outboard en

The ’s 500-ft. training ship Golden Bear rescued two fishermen Sunday evening, August 17th, approximately 80 miles off the .  The two men departed the area earlier that day in an open 17-ft. skiff, equipped with a single outboard engine. They told authorities they were heading for offshore fishing grounds when their engine seized up.  They then radioed for help to the U.S. Coast Guard in . The Golden Bear was approximately 50 miles away at the time, heading northward on the final leg of her annual three-and-a-half-month summer training cruise to ports in the western and southern Pacific.  Vessel commander, Captain Paul Leyda, who also heads the school’s Department of Marine Transportation, advised the Coast Guard that he was proceeding to the reported location of the boat and increased the Golden Bear’s speed.  Once located, the Golden Bear launched its rescue boat, skippered by Chief Mate Bill Schmid, officer Mikaela Downs and cadets Hanna Reeves and Sam Thompson. The two fishermen were transferred to the rescue boat and the disabled craft was towed to the ship and lifted aboard with a fantail crane – supervised by Deck Officer David Coleman and his crew.  Golden Bear then resumed its homeward course, arriving in early Monday morning.  The rescued fishermen disembarked after arrival


Cruise Ship Rescues Sailboat Crew

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Norewegian Cruise Line's 'Norwegian Star' rescues crew of sailing yacht NW of Bermuda in a USCG coordinated AVMER operation Coast Guard watchstanders received notification from crew aboard the sailing vessel Avenir that they were disabled, adrift and had crewmembers needing medevacs, adding that they had lost their rudder and two of the six crewmembers showed symptoms of dehydration and seasickness. The Coast Guard sent out an enhanced group call and used AMVER


China to Update Maritime Rescue System

The China Rescue and Salvage Bureau announced plans to updated offshore rescue Operational by 2010, the new system will mean rescue vessels will be able to reach any spot within 50 nautical miles of the coast in two and a half hours, cutting reaction time by an hour from present. Helicopters will be able to search for and rescue targets at night, expanding the offshore search radius from 110 to 260 nautical miles.


Coast Guard Integrated Support Command

Portsmouth Hosts Search and Rescue Forum The Coast Guard and the Virginia Marine Police are combining forces in southeast Virginia to sponsor a search and rescue forum from 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m. at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Portsmouth on Tuesday. The forum will include classroom search and rescue training, underway search and rescue techniques, rescue and survival equipment procedures and helicopter familiarity.


NOAA Satellites Aid in 263 Rescues in 2012

SARSAT System

The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012.   Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the globe or sit above the United States, they also carry instruments to detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers.


Ulstein Donates $3.4 Million for SAR Vesel

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Ulstein Group announced that it will donate approximately $3.4 million to Norwegian Sea Rescue (Redningsselskapet) to fund 60% of the cost of a high-speed search and rescue (SAR) boat. The 20- meter SAR craft - to be delivered in 2015 - will be named RS Idar Ulstein in memory of Ulstein’s long-time CEO and Chairman of the Board who passed away in 2012. Once in service, the RS Ida Ulstein will play a role in ensuring the safety of seafarers and recreational users of Norway’s


Update on Coast Guard Operations

More than 2,400 Coast Guard personnel from Florida to Louisiana are continuing to conduct search, rescue, response, waterway reconstitution and environmental impact assessment operations today. To date, the Coast Guard has used air and boat crews to rescue more than 22,000 people and has assisted with the joint-agency evacuation of an additional 9,400 patients and medical personnel from hospitals in the Gulf coast region


IMO Issues Circular on Mass Rescue

The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations


Coast Guard Rescues Six off Oregon Coast

According to the A.P., the U.S. Coast Guard rescued six fishermen who had to abandon their sinking boat, the Coast Guard said.The operator of the Bold Contender contacted the Coast Guard Thursday morning, saying the vessel was taking on water. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter, a motor lifeboat and a surf rescue boat. The rescue crews reached the boat at 8:20 a.m., and provided an air compressor, the Coast Guard said


Exceptional Bravery at Sea: IMO 2013 Awards

The 2013 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be awarded to two rescue swimmers from the United States of America, for saving the lives of 14 crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty, and, posthumously, to a seafarer from China who died trying to save the life of a ferry passenger. The IMO Council, meeting for its 110th session in London, decided that the 2013 award will go to Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J


Bodies found trapped in S Korean ferry

search for bodies in sunken South Korean ferry

Divers searching for survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry saw three bodies floating through a window of a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said, hours after the ship's captain was arrested. The ferry, carrying 476 passengers


Sunken Korea Ferry Relatives Give DNA Swabs To Help Identify Dead

Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.   The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew


First Bodies Recoved From Sunken Ferry

Recovery of bodies from sunken S. Korean Ship

  South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said on Sunday, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger section of the ship. What was a search-and-rescue mission has now turned into an attempt to retrieve more than 200


Captain of Korean Ferry Praised Safety in Promotional Video

South Korean Ferry

  The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew. The irony is the crew ordered the passengers


JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

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Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


Hundreds Unaccounted for in S.Korea Ferry Disaster

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Of 462 passengers on board the ship when it set sail from the port of Incheon late on Tuesday


Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 has entered search operations (U.S. Navy photo)

Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16 1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg 1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until June 16 1947 - Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


Search resumes for missing in S. Korean ferry disaster

South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in over 20 years. They will also be seeking answers to many unanswered questions surrounding


Divers Struggle in Search for Ferry Survivors

Rescuers struggle with waves, murky waters; Captain faces charge of abandoning South Korean ferry. About 290 people still missing, many of them teenagers. Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people


S.Korean Ferry Master Faces Investigation

The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking.


USCG Responds to Vessel Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported it is responding to a report of a vessel that caught fire and became disabled with two men and a dog aboard south of the McCormick Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Thursday.


Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide the country with any help it needs to perform rescue operations. Rescuers are battling strong waves and murky waters as they


Divers struggle in search for ferry survivors

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday. Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident


 
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