CG Responds to Breakaway Barges Striking Bridge in Texas
The Coast Guard is responding after at least two barges struck the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas, Friday.At 12:05 a.m., Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report that nine barges had broken away from their moorings at the San Jacinto River Fleet, north of the San Jacinto River bridge.An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Station Houston 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew were diverted to the scene.Sector Houston-Galveston Vessel Traffic Service had already suspended vessel movement under the I-10 bridge at 7:20 p.m. Thursday due to strong currents. The suspension remains in effect.
UCG Medevacs Crewmember From Crude Tanker
The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from a crude oil tanker approximately 20 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Wednesday.Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received notification from the crew of the crude oil tanker Pacific Jewels that a member of the crew suffered a back injury and was in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene.The Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and transferred the crewmember to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas with 20 mph winds.
Tug and Barge Disabled near Galveston
Emergency responders are working to keep a disabled tug and barge from running aground off of Texas. U.S. Coast Guard response and incident management teams are coordinating with G & H Towing and T & T Marine Salvage to prevent a disabled tug and barge from running aground on Galveston Island, Texas. At 2:19 p.m. Saturday, an agent for the integrated tug OSG Independence and its barge OSG 243 contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders to report that the tug separated from the barge in heavy seas off the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, while dragging both anchors.
Two rescued from Galveston Jetty
A Coast Guard aircrew plucked 2 men from the south Galveston Jetty Saturday morning, after their sailboat lost steering and ran into the rocks. At 9:06 a.m., the crew of the 27-foot sailboat called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders for help. While they were on the phone, the sailboat’s anchor line parted and they were headed for the rocks with 15 to 20-knot winds. The watchstanders sent a Station Galveston boat crew to assist them, but they were up against the rocks before the station arrived. They were able to get on the jetty.
Two Medevaced from Tanker off Sabine, Texas
Coast Guard crews medevaced two men after they were struck by a pressurized object and suffered injuries aboard a tank ship about 20 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge Wednesday afternoon. The crew of the tanker United Ambassador contacted Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur watchstanders, who alerted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 2:35 p.m., reporting a 24-year-old man was struck in the head by a pressurized part causing bleeding and unconsciousness and a 42-year-old man's nose was broken.
Injured RO/RO Crewman Rescued off Galveston
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man after he was struck by a piece of machinery and suffered a deep laceration and possible fracture on his leg while aboard a cargo ship about 15 miles east of Galveston early Friday morning. The crew of the roll-on roll-off (RO/RO) cargo ship Torino contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 4:49 a.m., reporting a 38-year-old man was struck by a crank lever about 2 inches below his knee and needed assistance. A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined he needed medical care and watchstanders deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston. The helicopter arrived at 6:44 a.m. and the crew hoisted the man aboard.
Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Galveston
A tanker crewman was medevaced Monday afternoon, after reports of suffering from a hernia about 15 miles off Galveston, Texas in the Fairway Anchorage. The master of the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged tanker Agena contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 1 p.m., to report the mess cook had been suffering from hernia symptoms for several days, and had gotten worse. The watchstanders diverted an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. The helicopter crew was on scene at about 2 p.m. and transferred the man from the tanker. They then flew to Scholes International Airport, in Galveston, where EMS was waiting to transport the man to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The man was reported in stable condition.
Body of Missing Tug Crewman Located
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tug boat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto river Tuesday at 9:47 a.m. The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue boats to his location, which was a few hundred feet downstream. They recovered the unresponsive man's body and transported him to EMS. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston restricted waterway traffic on the San Jacinto at 8:42 a.m. Traffic is prohibited between the red #2 light and the I-10 bridge.
Man Missing after Tug Capsizes in Houston
The U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff Department responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto river about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston. The missing man was described as being about 5-foot-10-inches tall, 325 pounds, wearing a red shirt, khaki pants and a buoyant work vest. Kirby Inland Marine personnel notified the Coast Guard at 8:11 a.m., just after the tug, Ricky J Leboeuf, capsized at 7:44 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Station Houston response boat, coordinated a Harris County Sheriff Department boat and requested a dive team to assist in the search.
Coast Guard Foundation Donates for New Playground
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families,announced today its support of a new playground at Coast Guard Air Station Houston. Located at one of the busiest Coast Guard bases in the country, the playground will provide enjoyment for the families and boost the morale of individuals stationed there. Donating their time for the overall benefit of the entire base, chiefs and officers at Coast…
Oil Tanker Free after Grounding off Texas
An oil tanker has been refloated after running aground last Tuesday 35 miles east of Galveston, Texas. The SN Federica, a 750-foot Italian flagged oil tanker carrying more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil (nearly 17 million gallons), ran aground while transiting into the Galveston Fairway. The grounding caused the ship to incur damage to the forepeak of the vessel, leading to an ingress of water which was later determined to be ballast water and the ship was not leaking. After receiving a call from the tanker’s captain, U.S.
Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees
The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday, March 13th in New Orleans. The New Orleans salute raises approximately $500,000 each year to fund education, support and relief programs for the Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families.
Tanker Crewmember Medevaced off Galveston
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a crewmember off a tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Thursday morning. The captain of the Zambezi Star, a 604-foot chemical tanker, contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:30 a.m., stating that a crewmember fell off a ladder and began showing heart attack symptoms. The Coast Guard Cutter Manowar responded, but was unable to safely transfer the crewmember from the tanker to the Manowar's small boat due to height and the crewmember's condition.
USCG Medevacs Woman off Carnival Cruise Ship
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 51-year-old woman off a Carnival cruise ship approximately 184 miles offshore of Galveston early today. Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, from the medical staff aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Magic, reporting that a 51-year-old female passenger was experiencing respiratory problems and requested a medical evacuation. Watchstanders dispatched an Air Station Houston rescue helicopter crew to respond. An ATC Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew was also launched to provide top cover.
Baby Medevaced from Cruiseship in Gulf of Mexico
A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an 8-month-old baby girl from the cruise ship Carnival Triumph early Monday morning, 140 miles southeast of Galveston. "It was very rewarding to be able to start a search-and-rescue career helping out a mother and her 8-month-old who really needed us at the time," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Grow, in reference to his first rescue as a qualified flight mechanic. At 7:15 p.m. Sunday, the Carnival Triumph's crew called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston to request a medical evacuation for a baby suffering from seizures and trouble breathing…
Crewman Overboard Near Texas
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the crew of a nearby ship are searching for a crewman who fell overboard while painting the side of a bulk carrier at anchor about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas, Saturday. The crew of the CF Crystal, a Chinese-flagged 738-foot bulk carrier, contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders at about 9 a.m. Saturday, to report a crewman had fallen overboard. The crew reportedly threw the man a life ring but couldn't reach him, and they saw him submerge shortly after. The USCG dispatched a Station Sabine Pass 45-foot rescue boatcrew, which arrived on scene within 30 minutes and began searching. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston was also sent to join the search.
Salvor to Remove Beached Vessel in Texas
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) contracted a salvage company to remove the threat of pollution from a derelict fishing vessel that went aground Thursday, about 20 miles south of Freeport, Texas, on Sargent Beach. The captain of the vessel Lady Glenda contacted Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders just after noon Tuesday and reported the vessel Rich listing with marine growth and drifting about 20 miles southeast of Freeport. A Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew located the vessel that afternoon but weren't able to go aboard due to safety concerns.
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 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 received a distress call from the captain of the 800-foot ship, Giovanni Battista De Carlini, stating that one of his crewmembers suffered an impact injury after the fender wire he was checking snapped and struck his chest.
Houston Ship Channel Man Overboard Swims to Island
The U.S. Coast Guard informs of the rescue of a 62-year-old man who was stranded on Atkinson Island, after he fell off his boat in the Houston Ship Channel near Sylvan Beach and swam to the island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from a mariner transiting near Sylvan Beach stating they saw an unmanned boat going in circles. Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and diverted a Station Houston boatcrew to respond.
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. Watchstanders dispatched an Air Station Houston crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter along with an aircrew from Aviation Training Center Mobile aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry to provide top cover and communications.
Charter Boat Crew Rescued in Gulf of Mexico
U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews worked throughout the night to find a missing charter boat with four people aboard as far as 70 miles off Galveston. A Coast Guard HC-144 aircrew located them about 40 miles offshore as they started the last leg of their search Tuesday at 10:33 a.m. Logan Foster, operator of the 29-foot fishing charter Reel Deep, departed Galveston Yacht Basin with three other people toward Clay Pile Bank at 5:40 a.m., Monday. Susan Foster, Logan's step-mother, and her husband said they knew something was wrong Monday night.
USCG Rescues 5 From Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
Five men were rescued Monday from an unmanned platform about 40 miles southeast of the Texas/Louisiana border, after their fishing boat began taking on water. The men made it to the unmanned platform and one man was able to call the Coast Guard for help at about 10:45 a.m. Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders sent a 45-foot response boat and crew from Station Sabine Pass, but the weather conditions didn't allow for them to safely get the men aboard from the rig. In order to recover the men before potentially severe weather moved in, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters were sent from Air Station Houston to get the men to safety. "They were out there in the elements and had no way of getting back.
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 at 2:15 p.m., reporting that the chief mate was having problems. A flight surgeon determined a speedy medevac by helicopter was the best option for him. The USCG launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston, including a rescue swimmer on his first response since reporting from Alaska. "He definitely needed help," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Richardson, the rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter.