Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

The Latest: Nestor zeroing in on Florida Panhandle coast

Oct. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on storm moving toward U.S. Gulf Coast (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Nestor is zeroing in on Florida as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service has scaled back on a tropical storm warning that extended all the way to parts of...

Coast Guard, Mexican Navy search for plane, surgeon pilot

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Mexican Navy vessel searched the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane Thursday after a trauma surgeon flew the aircraft hundreds of miles (kilometers) beyond its intended destination. Steven Schumacher's family reported him overdue at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, two...

Coast Guard seizes $92M of cocaine, brings it to San Diego

Oct. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cocaine valued at an estimated $92 million was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard from boats in the Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego. About 6,800 pounds (3,084 kilograms) of cocaine were offloaded from the Coast Guard cutter Alert on Wednesday. The Coast Guard says the cocaine was...

2 shipping companies plead guilty to hiding oil pollution

Oct. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pleaded guilty in Delaware to presenting falsified documents to the U.S. Coast Guard to hide oil pollution caused by one of their cargo ships. A U.S. Department of Justice statement says Nederland Shipping Company and Chartworld...

Police ID officer as man hurt in 16-foot fall on cruise ship

Oct. 11, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

VENICE, La. (AP) — A man injured in a fall on a Carnival cruise ship has been identified as an Alabama police officer. News outlets report Huntsville, Alabama, police say officer John Thomas Holliday was hurt Tuesday when he fell nearly 16-feet (5-meters) to the ship's deck off the Louisiana coast. It...

Man hurt in 16-foot fall on cruise ship on Louisiana coast

Oct. 9, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

VENICE, La. (AP) — A man has been critically injured in a nearly 16-foot (5-meter) fall on a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Louisiana. News outlets report the U.S. Coast Guard says the 23-year-old man was hurt early Tuesday on the ship near Venice. A Coast Guard news release says he was airlifted to...

Seized N. Korean ship sold, towed from American Samoa

Oct. 8, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a seized North Korean cargo ship suspected of being used to violate international sanctions has been sold and towed from American Samoa. The U.S. seized the Wise Honest in May and towed it to the port of Pago Pago in the U.S. territory. The parents...

Coast Guard loosens rules on tattoos to boost recruiting

Oct. 4, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is loosening its tattoo policy, reflecting increased acceptance of tattoos. The Virginian-Pilot reports the change announced Thursday is intended to help boost recruiting and comes after other military branches have begun allowing more tattoos. The Coast Guard...

Coast Guard lieutenant pleads guilty to gun and drug crimes

Oct. 3, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists pleaded guilty Thursday to gun and drug charges. Christopher Hasson’s guilty plea to all four of the counts he faced resolves a case in which...

The Latest: Lawyer: Coast Guardsman’s case ‘sensationalized’

Oct. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons and creating a hit list (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A defense attorney says the case of a Coast Guard lieutenant who pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges has been “mischaracterized and...