Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Search suspended days after deadly collision off Texas coast

Jan. 17, 2020 4:57 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Days after a fishing boat's collision with a chemical tanker just off the Texas coast left one person dead, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two fishermen. The Coast Guard and its partners “completed over 10 sorties, searched over nine hours” and covered...

Feds: Smugglers ferry Chinese migrants to Florida in yachts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have thwarted two separate attempts by smugglers to bring Chinese migrants illegally into the U.S. through Florida aboard yachts. Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald first reported they are accused of...

Boaters abandon burning ship near Gulf Coast

Jan. 16, 2020 8:35 AM EST

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Three people who abandoned their ship after it caught fire near the Gulf Coast have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The fire happened Wednesday evening near Dauphin Island, Alabama, news outlets reported. The commercial snapper fishermen were able to escape onto a life...

1 killed, 2 missing after fishing boat hits tanker in bay

Jan. 15, 2020 9:33 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A member of a fishing boat crew was killed and two others are missing after their 81-foot craft collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker near the entrance to Galveston Bay just off the Texas coast, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The fishing boat Pappy's Pride capsized after...

This photo from video provided by Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston shows firefighters rescuing the crew from a capsized crab boat in the harbor at Coos Bay, Ore., late Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 2020. Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of the capsized boat. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves late Tuesday and then got caught on rocks in a jetty in Coos Bay as the tide went out. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a routine training mission spotted the vessel and launched a rescue, the agency said in a news release. (Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston via AP)

Crab fishermen survive harrowing capsize off Oregon coast

Jan. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of a capsized crab boat off the Oregon coast. Their harrowing rescue was caught on video the night before. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves in the middle...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, waves crash along the shore of Falcon Cove Beach between the unincorporated community of Arch Cape to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south in Clatsop County, Ore. A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning. Authorities say the father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Falcon Cove area, south of the community of Cannon Beach. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Witness recalls panic after children swept to sea in Oregon

Jan. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joanne Cornelius had just finished taking photos of the breathtaking waves and extreme high tide outside her home on the Oregon coast when a frantic woman pounded on her window and asked her to call 911. Children had been washed out to sea by a wave, the woman said. A family visiting...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. The family of the lone crew member to die in a fiery scuba boat disaster that killed all 33 passengers off the Southern California coast last year sued the vessel's owner Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in federal court. The lawsuit by the family of Allie Kurtz claims the owners of the Conception knew the boat was unsafe and lacked required smoke detectors and fire equipment. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

Family of dead crew member sue California dive boat operator

Jan. 13, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of the lone crew member to die in a fiery scuba boat disaster that killed all 33 passengers off the California coast last year sued the vessel's owner Monday in federal court. The lawsuit by the family of Alexandra “Allie” Kurtz claimed the owners of the...

In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, photo strong waves crash on the seashore near Otter Rock in Lincoln County, Ore. A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean Saturday, on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning.  Oregon State Police say 47-year-old Jeremy Stiles of Portland and the girl were taken to Providence Seaside Hospital, while the Coast Guard deployed helicopters to help search for the boy. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Oregon girl dead, boy missing after being swept into ocean

Jan. 12, 2020 5:44 PM EST

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning. The father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray as a tent and rescuers can be seen near the bottom of the ship near the tug boat in Jekyll Island, Ga. A Texas-based salvage company will cut up and remove the 656-foot (200- meter) shipwreck from St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia.  The Coast Guard's Unified Command has hired T&T Salvage LLC of Galveston to remove the Golden Ray cargo ship, The Brunswick News reported. The ship, roughly the size of a 70-story office building, has sat overturned in the sound for four months. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Company hired to extract cargo ship months after it capsized

Jan. 8, 2020 2:05 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Texas-based salvage company will cut up and remove a 656-foot (200- meter) shipwreck from St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The Coast Guard's Unified Command has hired T&T Salvage LLC of Galveston to remove the Golden Ray cargo ship, The Brunswick News reported. ...

Coast Guard boat capsizes in Oregon; all 4 crew rescued

Jan. 5, 2020 5:16 PM EST

ASTORIA, Oregon. (AP) — All four crew members were rescued when a Coast Guard boat capsized after encountering heavy wakes in Oregon. The 25-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat capsized just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Pier 39 in Astoria, TV station KOIN reported. Coast Guard officials at the...