Sector Key News

24 Apr 2019

USCG Rescues Boaters Near Big Coppitt Key

Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Jospeh Feldman

The Coast Guard rescued two overdue boaters near Big Coppitt Key, Tuesday.Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification of two teenagers on an overdue 16-foot skiff who were supposed to return to shore before sunset. The boat had no navigation lights or radio onboard. Watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter crew to respond.The helicopter crew arrived on scene, located the two waving, hoisted them and took them to Key West International Airport with no reported injuries.

21 Feb 2019

USCG Rescues 2 From Sinking Vessel near Key Largo

Courtesy Photo
U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking vessel Thursday approximately 3 miles east of Key Largo.Rescued were Eric Kample, 40, and Robert Pflugh, 56.At approximately 4 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Key West received a distress call from the crew of the 36-foot sailing vessel, No Worries, via VHF-FM radio channel 16 stating they were taking on water and on the verge of capsizing. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and Coast…

15 Jan 2019

CG Medevacs Fisherman Off of Key West

Courtesy Photo
U.S. Coast Guard District 8

The Coast Guard medevaced a 42-year-old man from a fishing vessel approximately 43 miles northwest of Key West.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 1:20 a.m., from the 67-foot fishing vessel, Fortuna stating a crewmember was reportedly experiencing chest pains and difficulty breathing.A Coast Guard Station Key West 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew arrived on scene, safely embarked the 42-year-old man and transferred him ashore to awaiting emergency medical services…

09 Apr 2018

Six rescued from waters near Conch Reef

The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued six people from the water near Conch Reef, Fla., Saturday.  A good Samaritan aboard the 25-foot center console, Quality Time, notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders at approximately 1:46 p.m. of a capsized 22-foot white center console with six people in the water.  Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement crew who arrived on scene and embarked two children due to the fact that they may have ingested salt water, while the good Samaritan embarked four adults. They were transferred to emergency medical services in Tavernier Creek. Towboat Islamorada towed the vessel to Harry Harris Boat Ramp.

31 Jan 2018

Crewman Medevaced from Tanker near Key West

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has medevaced a 40-year-old man suffering seizure-like symptoms from the motor tanker Oreon Voyager Tuesday approximately 26 miles south of Key West, Fla. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a medevac request from the U.S. flagged tanker at approximately 1:25 p.m. Coast Guard 7th District Watchstanders launched an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew who arrived on scene at approximately 3 p.m. The man was transferred to local emergency medical services at approximately 3:30 pm. He has since been transferred to Lower Keys Medical Center.

29 Jan 2018

Tug Crewman Medevaced off Key West

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has medevaced a 23-year-old man with vision complications from the tug Tiny Pyne Sunday approximately 9 miles south of Key West, Fla. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report of the injury at approximately 1:50 p.m. Sunday. Watchstanders launched a Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and embarked the patient at approximately 2:50 p.m. The man was transferred to local emergency medical services at approximately 3:20 p.m.

29 Jan 2018

Two People Rescued from the Water near Marathon, Fla.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from the water Sunday after their vessel broke free of its mooring and grounded on Knights Key Shoal near Marathon, Fla. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a notification of three people in the water at approximately 2:20 p.m., and diverted a Coast Guard Sation Marathon 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew to the scene. The boatcrew removed two people from the water at approximately 3 p.m., after the third person had successfully swam back to shore. The owner of the vessel made arrangements with commercial salvage for removal.

08 Jan 2018

Coast Guard Medevacs Sailor near Key West

Photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard said it medevaced a 56-year-old man from his sailing vessel, the Anthem, approximately 12 miles east of Key West, Fla., last Tuesday.   Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report at approximately 1 a.m from a 56-year-old man sailing from St. Petersburg to Key West suffering from shortness of breath and exhaustion.   The nearby Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew launched their smallboat crew who transported the patient to awaiting emergency medical services at Station Key West. He was then transferred to Lower Keys Medical Center.

11 Oct 2015

USCG Repatriates 12 Migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence repatriated 12 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday. While on routine patrol a Coast Guard aircraft spotted a vessel with migrants aboard south of Marquesas Keys, Florida, Wednesday. The aircraft notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders who quickly diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous to the scene. Upon arriving on scene, the Venturous crew embarked 14 Cuban migrants including 10 men and four women. Twelve Cuban migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence for repatriation.

28 Sep 2015

Containership Aids Distressed Cuban Rafters

Philadelphia Express (Photo: Crowley)

The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU containership – recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla. As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga., crewmembers spotted the floating object with people aboard waving in distress. Captain D.A. Sulin, master, Philadelphia Express, began circling back to the position of the raft and notified U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West of the situation. Upon order from USCG…

28 Sep 2015

Philadelphia Express Assist Distressed Cuban Rafters

Crowley-Managed Philadelphia Express Provides Assistance to Distressed Cuban Rafters near Key West

The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU container ship ­â€“ recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla. As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga., crewmembers spotted the floating object with people aboard waving in distress. Captain D.A. Sulin, master, Philadelphia Express, began circling back to the position of the raft and notified U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West of the situation. Upon order from USCG…

07 Jul 2015

Mohawk Changes Command

Coast Guard Cmdr. Craig J. Wieschhorster embraces Cmdr. Adam B. Morrison after taking command of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk

Coast Guard Cmdr. Craig J. Wieschhorster took command of the medium-endurance Cutter Mohawk during a ceremony Thursday at Coast Guard Sector Key West. Coast Guard Atlantic Area chief of staff, Capt. Doug Fears presided over the change of command ceremony as Wieschhorster relieved Cmdr. Adam B. Morrison of the duties and responsibilities as 14th commanding officer of the Cutter Mohawk. “Although I leave the Cutter Mohawk with a heavy heart,” said Morrison, “I have trust in Cmdr. Morrison was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal recognizing his service and performance of duty.

26 Jan 2015

Coast Guard Cutter William Trump Commissioned

Collette Eddy, daughter of William Trump, presents Lt. Jared Harlow a plaque during the commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2015. Coast Guard hero,

The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump was commissioned during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Key West Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. The Trump is the 11th fast response cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. Rear Adm. Jake Korn served as the presiding official at the Cutter William Trump commissioning ceremony. Each fast response cutter is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer…

04 Jan 2015

USCG Search for Missing Diver South of Key Westm FLA

Algae growing on the sunken vessel USS Vandenberg

Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a missing diver five nautical miles south of Key West, Florida, Saturday afternoon. Missing is Jim Bakazan, 50, wearing a black wet suit. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received the report from the motor vessel Dream after Bakazan went missing while diving on the wreck of the USS Vandenburg. Sector Key West issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Key West response boatcrew and an Air Station Miami HC-144 aircraft to search.

23 Oct 2014

Lerwick Port Awards £16.5 mi Expansion Contract

Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson (l) and Bank of Scotland. David Nicolson, SME Banking Relationship Manager

Lerwick Port Authority has awarded a construction contract for the latest expansion of the harbour’s facilities in a project costing a total of £16.5 million and which will benefit the fishing and oil sectors. The new jetty at Holmsgarth North will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels. Local company, Tulloch Developments Ltd, has been appointed main contractor.

07 May 2014

Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Man from Cargo Ship

Screen capture from USCG video

According to a report by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), a man was medically evacuated late Tuesday evening after suffering a head injury aboard a 797-foot cargo ship 103 miles west of Key West, Fla. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West command center received a report at approximately 7 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the OBO carrier SKS Tana concerning a 28-year-old male requiring urgent medical care. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Key West and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., responded to the report.

14 Mar 2014

Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service

The cutter’s command group, (left to right) Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Thomas, first officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Graham Sherman, executive officer, and Lt. Kevin Connell, commanding officer, were on hand to bring the ship to life. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sabrina Laberdesque)

Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization project. The cutter is named after Machinery Technician 1st Class Charles W. Sexton, who drowned during a rescue operation conducted off the coast of Washington. On Jan. 11, 1991, Sexton was aboard a motor lifeboat dispatched to assist the 75-foot fishing vessel Sea King…

10 Dec 2013

Bollinger Delivers Eighth FRC to USCG

Sister Ship of the USCG Charles Sexton, Margaret Norvell, operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Charles Sexton, the eighth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce another successful on-time and on-budget FRC delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Charles Sexton was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla., and will be stationed at USCG Sector Key West. The 154-foot patrol craft Charles Sexton is the eighth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.

20 Aug 2013

Bollinger Delivers Seventh Coast Guard FRC

Charles David Jr. (Photo: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Charles David Jr., the seventh Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce another successful on-time and on-budget FRC delivery to the Coast Guard. The Charles David Jr. was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla. and will be stationed at USCG Sector Key West. The 154-foot patrol craft Charles David Jr. is the seventh vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.

07 Oct 2008

Coast Guard Accepts New Response Boat-Medium, Rescue 21

The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted and introduced its new Response Boat-Medium and Rescue 21 advanced communications system during a ceremony held Monday at Coast Guard Sector Key West, here. The Response Boat - Medium is a new small-boat platform that offers increased speed and maneuverability over the service's aging 41-foot response boats, which it will eventually replace.·Enhanced maritime capabilities and technological advances such as water-jet propulsion, armrest integrated steering and trim controls, self-righting capability and improved crew accommodations all represent significant upgrades over the legacy 41-foot response boat platform.·· The first two Response Boats - Medium were delivered to Coast Guard Stations Little Creek…

08 Sep 2008

Sector Key West Changes Port Conditions

Effective 6 p.m. Saturday, Hurricane Condition X-RAY (sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 48 hours) is set for the Port of Key West, Fla. Due to mandatory evacuations, the last scheduled lift for the Jew Fish Creek and Snakefish Creek Bridges on U.S. 1 in  was at 8 a.m. Sunday. Boaters must take proper measures to navigate either of these bridges prior to them being locked in the down position. Based on weather conditions, bridge closures are subject to change and boaters should monitor VHF Channel 16 for any changes. The is open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue during this port condition.

08 Nov 2004

Tug & Barge Puncture Cruise Ship Hull

Coast Guard marine safety inspectors from Sector Key West, are investigating a collision between a cruise ship and a tug and barge this morning in the vicinity of the Hilton pier in Key West, Fla. Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas was moored at Pier-B when the tug Huey L. Cheramie collided with the ship at approximately 8 a.m., leaving an 8-foot puncture along the side of the cruise ship's hull above the water-line. No injuries have been reported at this time.

04 Dec 2006

Coast Guard Suspends Converted Patrol Boat Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended normal operations of eight converted 123-foot patrol boats assigned to Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., due to additional structural damage recently discovered in the hulls. “I suspended the operation of all eight 123-foot cutters to ensure the continued safety of our crews as we assess additional structural damage recently discovered aboard this class of cutter,” said Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard. “The reliable, safe operation of our cutters and aircraft is paramount to our effective mission execution, including vital search and rescue and migrant interdiction missions in the area.

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