Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Woman's body found in search of missing kayaker off Cape Cod

May. 23, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a woman while searching for a missing kayaker off the coast of Cape Cod. The U.S. Coast Guard's First District tweeted that a body matching the description of the woman reported missing was found at 6:30 a.m. Saturday along the shore...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a fire aboard the Conception dive boat fire in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California. Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in the massive scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show the divers died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP, File)

Coroner: Smoke inhalation killed 34 in California boat fire

May. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday. All thirty-three scuba divers and one crew member died in the Sept. 2 fire aboard...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...

Squid fisherman's body recovered day after falling overboard

May. 17, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — One person is dead after two men on a squid fishing boat went overboard near Hyannis. The men went overboard around 7:45 p.m. Saturday off Point Gammon, WBZ-TV reported. A Good Smaritan saved one of them and brought him to shore. But the second man, a 55-year-old squid fisherman,...

Coast Guard seeks new steward for historic Boston lighthouse

May. 16, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Wanted: new steward for one of nation's oldest lighthouses. The U.S. Coast Guard announced this week it will begin the process to transfer control of Light Station Boston, commonly known as Boston Light, to another entity. The decision will “ensure the future historic preservation and...

Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

May. 10, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the...

Libya gov't warns of escalation after attacks near embassies

May. 8, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya’s U.N.-supported government on Friday warned of an escalation in the battle for Tripoli after rockets struck near foreign embassies in the capital, drawing sharp condemnation from the European Union and United Nations. The Tripoli-based health ministry said an attack...

East Libyan forces bomb Tripoli despite cease-fire; 2 killed

May. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern-based forces trying to capture the country's capital bombed civilian homes on Friday, killing at least two people, health authorities in the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli said. The intensified bombardment of the city by forces under the command of Khalifa Hifter...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018, file photo, a duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised after it went down the evening of July 19 after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a virtual meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2020, to announce the results of an investigation into the tragedy that killed 17 of the 31 people on board. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)

Coast Guard, Ripley Entertainment criticized in boat crash

Apr. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A duck boat sinking on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people two summers ago likely would not have happened if the U.S. Coast Guard had followed recommendations to improve the safety of such tourist attractions, federal safety regulators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety...

Shipyard gets grant to help purchase crane

Apr. 25, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island shipyard has received a federal grant of more than $500,000 to modernize equipment and purchase an 80-ton rough terrain crane, authorities said. The funding for the J. Goodison Co. shipyard at the Quonset Business Park comes from the U.S. Department of...