Sector Miami News

08 Nov 2019

Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Florida

The 203-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Betty K VI, is hard aground north of Fishers Island, Florida Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The cargo vessel ran aground after losing propulsion during its transit through Government Cut. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Miami)

A 203-foot cargo vessel has run hard aground north of Fishers Island, Fla. on Thursday, the US Coast Guard said.The Coast Guard said it is responding to the indecent after its Sector Miami watchstanders received a notification at approximately 5 p.m., stating the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Betty K VI, ran hard aground after losing propulsion north of Fishers Island. The watchstanders issued a safety marine information broadcast.There were no reported injuries, pollution or hazards to navigation, the Coast Guard said.

24 Jan 2019

USCG Searches for Overboard Cruise Crew Member

The Coast Guard is searching Thursday for an overboard crewmember from the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship 37 miles east of Hillsboro Inlet.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received call from the crew of the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship stating a 26-year-old crewmember went overboard.Crews searching are:The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1106)A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopterAn Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane

22 Jan 2019

Coast Guard Rescues 31 From Disabled Boat North of Bimini

Courtesy Photo
U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The Coast Guard rescued 31 Haitians from the disabled pleasure craft, Summer Art, Sunday approximately 9 miles north of Bimini, Bahamas.At approximately 5 a.m., Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report of a disabled vessel with 31 people aboard approximately 9 miles north of Bimini. Watchstanders authorized the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) crew to the scene.

09 Jan 2019

Coast Guard, HSI, CBP Interdict Suspected Smuggler, Migrants, and Drugs

Courtesy Photo
U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection interdicted a sport fisher boat with a suspected smuggler, two migrants, a U.S.-Bahamas dual citizen and 7 kilograms of cocaine Monday approximately eight miles east of Dania Beach.At approximately, 5:25 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) crew stating that they spotted an unlit 46-foot sport fisher boat approximately eight miles east of Dania Beach.

02 Jan 2019

Coast Guard Searching for 2 People East of Jupiter Inlet

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7

The Coast Guard continues to search Tuesday for two missing people 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet.The two people missing are a Bahamian national, a suspected migrant smuggler, and a 9-year-old Haitian national.

07 Jun 2018

Containership Crewman Rescued after Falling Overboard

(U.S. Coast Guard illustration courtesy of Air Station Miami)

A missing containership crew member was rescued from the sea Wednesday, roughly 5 miles east of Port Everglades, Fla.After the 456-foot Liberian-flagged containship Vega Sagittarius moored in Port Everglades at approximately 6:40 a.m., they notified U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a missing crew member last seen at approximately 5:30 a.m.The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale…

19 Mar 2018

3 Rescued Off Port of St. Lucie

The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled boat approximately 12 miles east of Port of St. Lucie, Sunday. At approximately, 5 a.m., the crew of the tug McAllister Sister notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a red meteor flare from a 23-foot center console. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew to assist The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene and towed the center console to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

25 Apr 2016

Adventure Runner Calls off Voyage at Sea

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet speak with a man within a hydro pod off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, April 24, 2016. After speaking with the crew aboard the Gannet, Reza Baluchi agreed to end his voyage Bermuda and safely embarked the cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The runner ignored a previously issued order from U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) to not depart on his seagoing journey. The order outlined specific safety conditions which Baluchi failed to meet. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale boatcrew discovered Reza Baluchi aboard his makeshift hydro pod approximately 7 miles off the coast of Jupiter en route to Bermuda. Coast Guard crews remained on-scene with Baluchi throughout the night to ensure his safety and to prevent other vessels from colliding with the hydro pod.

03 Mar 2016

23 Year-Old Medically Evacuated in the Bahamas

A 23-year-old male is hoisted from a fishing vessel after suffering from chest pains off the coast of Andros Island, Bahamas, March 2, 2016

A 23-year-old male was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter aircrew in the Bahamas Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received a report from a good Samaritan aboard the fishing vessel Ducky Dive 46 nautical miles west of Andros Islands, Bahamas, of a 23-year-old male who was suffering chest pains and required urgent medical care. After consulting with the duty flight surgeon, a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami was launched.

09 Dec 2015

Containers Overboard; Response Continues

Barge container ship, Columbia Elizabeth, is towed to Port of Palm Beach, Dec. 6, 2015. While enroute to Puerto Rico, several cargo containers fell overboard off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard said it continues to respond to the loss of containers from the barge Columbia Elizabeth, which reported losing multiple containers into the sea between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach, Florida, Sunday. Marine prevention teams from Coast Guard Sector Miami and Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth have been dispatched to the Port of Palm beach where the barge is currently being unloaded, according to the Coast Guard. As of Tuesday afternoon, crews have removed 243 containers from the barge at the Port of Palm Beach.

22 Aug 2015

USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica. The men aboard the go-fast began jettisoning packages overboard after the Dependable began pursuit. The Dependable launched its small boat and stopped the suspect vessel after employing disabling fire against one of the outboard engines. Dependable later recovered 25 packages of marijuana from the water.

28 Jun 2015

USCG Suspends Search for Missing Olympic Sailor

Trevor Moore is shown in this handout photo provided by USA Sailing

Search efforts for a missing Olympic sailor, Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, were suspended Saturday evening at sunset. The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510 square nautical miles and completed more than 29 search patterns before suspending the three day search. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected," said Capt. Michael Long, Coast Guard Sector Miami deputy commander. "Despite the tireless search efforts by multiple agencies and good Samaritans, we were unable to find Mr. On Thursday, Moore, a member of the 2012 U.S.

14 Jun 2015

USCG Evacuates Man with Leg Injury Near Nixon Beach

Photo Station Miami Beach

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida, medically evacuated a male in the vicinity of Nixon Beach, Florida, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from a crewmember aboard a 53-foot catamaran, Mariah, of a 37-year-old male passenger who required emergency medical services after suffering an injury to his leg after jumping off the boat. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach arrived on scene and transported the male to Mercy Hospital in Miami.

27 Feb 2015

USCG Makes Change in Fort Pierce Inlet Safety Zone

Courtesy Coast Guard News

The Coast Guard has made a change in the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone Thursday afternoon. Recreational vessels with less than six-foot draft are now allowed to transit through the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone upon receiving clearance from the on-scene representative. All other persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within any of the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Miami or a designated representative.

17 Jul 2013

Bimini Superfast Ferry Cleared to Sail Miami

Bimini Superfast Ferry: Photo credit CCL Konstantinos Dafalias

The Bimini Superfast Ferry has received its Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday and is now cleared to embark passengers in U.S. ports of call. On 26 and 27 June 2013, the Coast Guard first inspected the Bimini Superfast Ferry in Miami. As a result of that inspection team’s initial findings, the ferry was issued a work list of items that needed to be corrected which included such items as: providing proper operation of the emergency source of power…

22 Aug 2014

USCG Boatcrew Searching for Burglary Suspect

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search-and-rescue crews are currently searching for a burglary suspect in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway near Miami, Fla. Friday morning. At approximately 2 a.m. Friday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report that two men, suspected of burglary, went missing in the water in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway in an attempt to evade City of Miami Police officers, the USCG said. One of the suspects was apprehended and the other was last seen swimming south of the Rickenbacker Causeway. A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami responded to the report and began searching. Currently searching is a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida.

23 Aug 2014

USCG Suspend Search for Missing Man in Biscayne Bay

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Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews suspended their search for a burglary suspect in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway Friday afternoon. At approximately 2 a.m. Friday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report that two men, suspected of burglary, went missing in the water in the vicinity of the Rickenbacker Causeway in an attempt to evade City of Miami Police officers. One of the suspects was apprehended and the other was last seen swimming south of the Rickenbacker Causeway.

17 Oct 2013

Overturned Boat Kills Four off Miami Coast

Four people were killed and 11 rescued after a boat capsized off the Miami coast early Wednesday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report at about 1 a.m. from a Miami-Dade County 911 dispatch of the capsized vessel and launched a boatcrew from Station Miami Beach and an MH-65 helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami to respond. The rescue crews arrived on scene, approximately seven miles east of Government Cut and rescued 11 people from the water. One of the survivors was medically evacuated to Station Miami Beach where emergency medical services awaited and transported him to a local hospital. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased," said Capt.

30 Oct 2014

USCG Suspends Search for the 2 Migrants

In total, 11 lives were saved by Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews. Search and rescue crews completed 27 search patterns covering approximately 3,145 square miles over a 55 hour period.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida. "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however, despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate them, and have decided to suspended the search," said Capt. Austin Gould, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami. "This illegal migrant venture demonstrates just how dangerous taking to the sea in unseaworthy vessels can be.

16 Apr 2014

Tug Spills 2,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a report of a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut, Fla., Tuesday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from the motor vessel Neptune that a fuel tank holding approximately 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel has leaked approximately 2,000 gallons into the water. The leak was discovered by the crewmembers aboard the 95-foot tug after detecting the rupture in the tank. Sorbent boom was deployed to contain the spilled fuel. An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami is on scene alongside a crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cause of the incident is under investigation. There were no reports of any injuries.

16 Apr 2014

Update: Spill Response Continues in Miami

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami Wednesday, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tug Neptune Tuesday night. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel have entered the water. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Miami is conducting an overflight to monitor the progression of diesel fuel in the water. Coast Guard shoreline cleanup assessment teams have been deployed to local areas that may be impacted to monitor possible shoreline pollution and commence cleanup efforts if necessary. As of 9:30 a.m. 950 feet of sorbent boom have been deployed by cleanup crews to contain pollution and minimize local impact.

05 Feb 2015

Rescue Crews Respond to Overturned Vessel

Picture shows the ship sinking

Coast Guard rescue crews rescued four men from the water after their vessel capsized one nautical mile east of Port Everglades inlet Wednesday evening. An additional male was taken to Broward General Hospital for a higher level of care. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received a report from a person clinging to the hull of a capsized fishing vessel and requested assistance. The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale…

28 Apr 2014

Coast Guard Searching for Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger

Courtesy Celebration Cruise Line

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews are searching by sea and air for a 30-year-old man who reportedly jumped over the railing of the Bahamas Cruise Ship Celebration early Sunday morning, 27-miles east of Delray Beach, Florida. James Miller of Charleston, South Carlina, a passenger aboard the vessel, reportedly went overboard early Sunday, the USCG said. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District in Miami received notification from the Celebration at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday.

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